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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
page 26

AN ESSAY W0HHLS OF FmOlSSAMR A HE life of Froifiart has been thefebjeét of the preceding; pages.. I (halt now give the Mftory of hi» works, as well printed at manufcript, in verfe and in profet and 1 wHI, as faithfully as 1 an able, detail their contents. -It may, perhaps, be thought I have been too minute ; but I feel myfelf to-owe a particular attention to an hiftorian who alone is worth more than a multitude of others, by the importance of the fubjcéts he inveftigates, and the long period of time his hiftory contains, 1 hare, befides, obferved that the author has unfolded, in the courfe of his work, many fa£b which ferve to clear up lèverai preceding ones ; and for want of this information it has-often happened that I have been flopped in my reading, and have not profited fo much by it as I otherwife {hould have done : it is thiswhich has, made me fenfible of the want thofe who read Froiflart would experience o£ fuch an explanation. To fmoothall difficulties, and to lay downfuch rules* as- may ferve fee guides to readers^ 1 have attempted to do that, which L fbould have been glad to have found done when I began to read this author, for 1 do not limply propole to give an idea of our hiftorian, fuch as to fatisfy curiofity alone ; my objeéfc is that thefe memoirs lhould ferve as an introduéiioi*.

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