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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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protection of this good lady, and at her coft, as well as at the expenfe of* great lords, I. have fearched in my time the greater part of Chriftendom (4n truth, who feeks mill find); and wherever I came, I made inquiry after fuch ancient knights and fquires as had been prefent at thefe deeds of arms, and fuch as were well enabled to fpeak of them. I fought alfo for heralds of good repute, to verify and confirm what I might have heard elfèwhere of theft matters. In this manner have I collected the.materials for this noble hiftory ; and that gallant count de Blois before mentioned has taken great pains in it. As long as through God's grace I fhall live, I fhall continue it* for the more I work at it, the greater pleafure I receive,—like the gallant knight or fquire enamoured with arms; who, by perfëverance and attention,. perfects and accomplishes himfelf, thus, by labouring and working on this-fubjeét, I acquire greater ability and delight.' Of all the particulars of Froiflàrt's life during his rcfidence in England,. we only know thathe was prefent at the feparation of the king and queen in 1361, with their fon the prince of Wales and the princefs his lady, who • were going to take poflèflion of the government of Acquitaine; and that he • was between Eltham and Weftminfter in the year. 1363, when icing John : paflèd on his return to England. There is in his poems a paftoral, which-feems to-allude exdiifively andi undoubtedly to that event. With regard to his travels during the time he was attached to the fervice of the queen, he employed fix months in Scotland,. and penetrated as far as the Highlands.. He travelled on horfeback, with his ; portmanteau behind him, and followed by a greyhound.. The king of Scotland-,' and many lords whofe names hè has preferved ! to us, treated him fo handfomely that-he wifhed to have returned thither. William earl of Douglas lodged him during fifteen days in his caftle of :" Dalkeith, five miles from Edinburgh. We are ignorant of thé date of this . journey,—and of another, into North Wales, which, I believe, muft have been ; about the fame time* He was in France* at Melun fur Seine* about the 20th of April 1366 ; : perhaps private reafons might have led him to take that road to Bordeaux,» where he was on Alf-faints-day of that year, when the princefs of Wales was -brought to bedof a fon, who was afterwards king Richard II. The prince-- 7

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