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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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txaânels with which he defcribes the ceremonies obfcrved- between' the -pope and Charles VI. at Avignon, feems to prove that he iras an. cye-witnefs of their meeting : this is die' more probible, becaufe it is certain that Charles VI. went from Avignon to Touloufe, to receive the homage of the count de Foix,—when Froiflat was pnfent, and heard-their converfation. Nothing of novelty palled of which Froiflart did not wifh to be a lpedator ; feafls, tournaments, conferences for peace, interviews of princes, their entries, nothing efcaped his curiofity. It appears, that at the beginning. of the year 1390, he returned to his own country,—and that he was folely occupied in the continuation of his hiftory, and in completing it, from the intelligence he had amafled from all parts with fo much labour and fatigue. However., what he had learnt relative to the war in Spain did not fatisfy him : he felt a fcruple at only having heard one fide,—that is to fay, the * Gafcons and Spaniards, who had been attached to the king of Caftille. * It was the duty of an exaél and judicious hiftorian to know alfo what the Portuguefe had to fay on this fubjeét ; and on the information he had, that numbers of that nation were to be found at Bruges, he went thither. Fortune ferved him beyond his hopes ; and the enthufiafm with which ; he fpeaks of it, evinces the ardour he felt for a perfeéfc knowledge of faéts.. On his arrival, he learnt that a portuguefe knight, 4 a valiant and wife man, and of the council of the king of Portugal,* whole name was Juan Fernando ; Portelet, had lately come to Middleburgh in Zealand... Portelet was on his road to Prufltà to join in the war ag^infl the infidels,, and had been prelent in all the wars of Portugal. Froiflart immediately fet • out, m company with a Portuguefe, a friend bf theJcnight,—went to Sluys,. embarked, and arrived at Middleburgh, .where his fellow-traveller presented him to Portelet. This • knight,, '-gracious, amiable and'eafy of .accefs,'. related-- to him*, during the fix days they paflèd together, every thing which had been done in Portugal and Spain, from the death of king Ferdinand until his departure from Portugal. Froiflart, equally pieafed with the recitals of Portelet and with his politenefs, took leave of him, and returned home,—where, having. 15

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