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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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and even in Spain, from the time of the battle of Poitiers, at which period he firft bore arms. Although he applied himfelf, without relaxation, to coile& historical memoirs, Froiflart gave, however, fome moments to poetry. We have a paftoral by him, which hç feems to have compofed in the county of Foixi, in honour of Gafton Phœbus. He fays, that being * En beau Pré vert et plaifant Par defliis Gave la riviere Entre Pau et Ortais leant,* hefaw fhepherds and fhepherdeflès who were converting of different lords-and the arms they bore. He adroitly makes, ufe of this fiétion to name with praife all thofe from whom he had received any marks of liberality, and terminates his lift with the count de Foix. After a long refidence at the court of Ortez, Froiflart began to think of his departure. He was detained by Gafton, who gave him hopes»that an. opportunity would foon offer for him to travel in good company. The marriage of the counted of Boulogne, a relation of the count, having been concluded with the duke of Berry, the young bride was conduced from Ortez to Morlas, where the equipages of the duke, her hufband, were waiting, for her. He fet out in her fuite, after having received proofs of the generofity of Gaftpn, who warmly prefled'him to return. He accompanied the princefs to Avignon, and during the remainder of the journey which fhe took acrofs the Lyonnois, la Brefler le Fores and the Bourbonnois,.as. far as Riom in Auvergne. The ftay at Avignon was unfortunate to Froiflart, for he was robbed there. This melancholy* adventure was the fubjeéfc of a long poem, in* which he introduces feveral incidents of his life, and which I have made ufe of in this memoir. This poem fhews that the defire of vifitiog the tomb of the cardinal dè Luxembourg, who died with the reputation of a faint, was not the fole motive which had induced him to pals again through Avignon in the fuite of the young princefs, but that he was charged with a private commiflioa from the lord de Coucy. He might, as he fays, have endeavoured to leek xedrels for the iofsof his-money by fbliciting a benefice; but this refbtuxe 13

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