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

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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.
Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 12



Independently of the employment of clerk of the chamber to the queen tf England which Froiflart had held, he had alfo been of the houfehold of Edward III. and even of that of John king of France. As there are feveral other princes and lords of whofe houfeholds he had been, whom he calls his lords and patrons, it is proper to obferve, that by this mode of fpeech, he means not only thofe princes and lords to whom he had been attached as a dependant, but likewife thofe who had made him prefents or rendered him fervices, or who, having received him in their courts or caflles, had admitted him to their tables. Froiflaft, having loft his- patronefs queen Philippa, did not return to England, but went into his own country, where he obtained the living of Leftines. Of all that he performed during the time he exercifed this miniftry, he tells us nothing more than that the tavern-keepers of Leftines had five hundred francs of his money in the (hort fpace of time he was their reétor. It appears from a manufcript journal of the bifhop of Chartres, chancellor to the duke of Anjou, that, according to letters fealed on the 12th December 1381, this prince caufed to be feized fifty-fix quires of the Chronicle of Froiflart, reéior of the parifh-church of Leftines, which the hiftorian had fent to be illuminated, and then to be forwarded to the king of England, the enemy of France. Froiflart attached himfelf afterwards to Winceflaus de Luxembourg duke of Brabant, perhaps in the capacity of fecretary, according to the cuftom of princes and lords in thofe days, who employed clerks to manage their affairs, and their correfpondence, and at the fame time to amufe them by their knowledge or their wit. Winceflaus had a tafte for poetry : he had caufed Froiflart to make a colle&ion of his fongs, his rondeaus and virelays,—who, adding feme of his own pieces to thofe of the prince, formed a fort of romance, under the tide of Meliador, or the Knight of the Sun; but the duke did not live Jto fee the completion of the work, for he died in 13« 4- Almoft immediately after this event, froiflart found another patron : he was made clerk of the chapel to Guy count de Blois, and was not long in teftifying his gratitude to his new patron, bya paftoral on the betrothing of Louis count de Dunois, fon of Guy, to Maiy daughter.of the duke of Berry. 9 c


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