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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 22



London, ordered one hundred nobles* to be given him, as a laft mark of his aift&ion, in a goblet f of filver, gilt, weighing two marcs. The melancholy end of Richard, which happened in 1399, is related at the end of the fourth volume of Froiflart's hiftory, who acquits himfelf moft gratefully to this prince by the affecting manner in which he laments his misfortunes. At the fame time he remarks, that in this event he faw the accompliihment of a prediction which had been made refpecting Richard, when he was born at Bordeaux; and alfo of a prophecy in the romance of Brutus J, which pointed out the prince who would dethrone him. The death of Guy count de Blob happened foon after Froiflart's return home : he mentions it in his Chronicle, under the year 1397. He was then fixty years of age, and muft have lived at leaft four years more ; for he relates fome events of the year 1400. if we believe Bodin and La Popliniere, he lived to 1*20 ; but thefe two writers have probably been deceived by the words which begin the laft chapter of his hiftory,—4 En l'an de Grace mil quatre cent ung moins :* mftead of reading ' ung,' as it is written in iêveral manufcripts and in the black letter editions, they muft have read « vingt.' Another paûage in Froiflart may alfo have given rife to a belief that he lived to about die middle of the fifteenth century. In fpeaking of the banifhment of the count de Harcourt, who perfuaded the Englifli to make a defcent on Normandy, he fays, that the melancholy effects of this invafioa were vifible for more than a hundred years after. Thefe terms muft not be taken literally :, the author wrote rather as forefeeing thofe evils to come which he dreaded, than as being a witnefs of their fatal effects. It is not, however, poflible to decide in what year he died : it only appears that it was in the month of October, fince his death is announced in that month in the obituary of the collegiate church of St Monegunda, at Chimay, from which I have added an extrait at the end of this memoir. * This fum may amount to about twenty-five guineas of our prefent coin.—ST PALAYE. f This was called by our anceftora a Henepée, id e/i, hanap, full of money ; whence cornea the Hamper Office in the engCfh trea&ry. ST PAXAYZ. Î See particulars of Wace, author of the romance of Brutus, in Mr Ellis's Specimen of cariy EngBfh Poete.


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