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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart



Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
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wlere, as he -fays, 1 'they love - war better than peace, and where frange» are well received/ He fpeaks of England,—the reception given him, the amufements procured for him in the focietiesof4 lords, ladies and damlels/ and thev carefles they- loaded him with ;. but nothing was able to calm the -melancholy which overwhelmed him,—fo that, not being longer able to fupport the* pangs of abfence, -he rcfalvod to return nearer to the lady of * hi& heart. * Queen Philippa of Hainault detained him in England, and learnt from • a virelay, which he prefented to her, the-caufe of his trouble : (he took, oompaffion on him'5 by ordering him-to go back to his own country, on * conditicHi, however, of his promife to return, and furniihed him withf * money and horfes to perform the joufney.. Love foon conduéled him to the lady of his afieâîons.. Froiflàrt let no opportunity flip of frequenting whatever company the-might honour with t her prefence, and of converting with her.. We have before feen (ho was of fiich high birth that€ kings and emperors might have fought her,*. Thefo words taken literally would only be applicable ta a perfon. of* blood royal or the ifTue of a fovereign prince ; but how can we connect the idea ofc fuch high birth with- the detail he gives us o£ the iecret converfations, thei • * amufements and aflèmblies which he was at liberty to. partake of by day on night ? andy as if-thefe traits were not fufficient- to make her known at the* time he wrote, he feems to havewiihed to point her out more clearly by tha name of Anne, in the enigmatical verfes which make part of his manufcript -poems. - It may be prefumed that this4over fo paiionate and tender, had the ufual fate of almoft every paHon.'- EroifTart fpeaks in one of his rondeaus of another-lady whom* he hadr loved, and whofe name, compoied. of five letters, was to be found in that of Polixena : this-may be Alix,, which was formerly written Aelix. There is reafon to believe he had a third flame called Margaret, and that it is lhe whom he indire&ly celebrates* in-a poem* under the titleT honour* of the flower which bears her name f • * • Dtttie de a Fleur de la Marguerite/ pages 70 and the following of his manufcript poems* . f- The engli(h readtrmuft be informed, iliac Marguerite is not only the name of a woman but • aMb of the lower called Daify and of a pearl*

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