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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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iroiild require all the attention of an editor who (hould' intereft himfelf for the advantage of his-readers; 11. A MORE DETAILED PLAN OF FROISSAIT*S HISTORY. The hiftory of Froiflart is divided into four books or volumes, as welt in the manufcripts as in all the printed editions. The firft begins with the coronation of Edward III. king of England, In 1320» and with the acceflion of Philip de Valois to the crown of France» in 1328, - and clofes with the year 1379 indufively. Fraifltrt begins his fécond volume with the three laft years of the preceding volume, and with more detail, having gained fuller information than when-he firft wrote it. He continues it until the peace of Ghent with, the duke of Burgundy, the treaty for which is in the laft chapter but one of this volume, dated the 18th December, 1385. The third volume goes back as fer as the year 1382 inckfively, reciting feveral events which had been mentioned in the fécond frpm the 93d chapter to the end. The events of thefe four laft years, which had been already related, are fo much expanded in the third volume that they occupy the twenty-nine firft chapters. The reft is employed in the hiftory of the following years to 1389, ending with the truce concluded for three years between France and England, and with the preparations which were making for the entry of queen Ifabella of Bavaria into Paris, of which the author promifes to fpeak • more at large. The fourth volume begins with a recital of all the feafts and pageantries appointed for this entry, and ends with the dethroning and death of Richard II. king of England, in 14O0, and with the ele&ion, in the fame year, of Robert emperor of Germany. Thefe events terminât? the two laft chapters of the whole work. This manner of dividing the hiftory of Froiflart is the fame in all the manufcripts and printed editions ; but thefe divifions do not begin or end iat the fame place in all the copies. 1 will give an account of thefe -variations,

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