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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 29

se whkh, in truth, are not very confideraMe, when I treat of the different printed copies and manufcripts of Froiflart that have paflbd through my hands* Iff., DIVISION* m THE FOUR VOLUMES OF wmmmMm nrre CHATTERS,, aww OF THE FIRST VOLUME INTO SEVERAL FARTS. THE four volumes of the hiftory of Froiflart are fubdividcd into a great number of chapters, which are differently placed according to different manufcripts and printed copies; but befide thefe divifions, in a great many manufcripts, there is one which is particular to' the firft volume. Some: have four books, or parts, others fix, and feme eight. I #il fpeak more-fully of this matter when I come to mention the manufcripts of Froiflart It is in one of thefe four, fix or eight divifions of the firft volume that we muft feek for the termination- of that- part of M§«hiftûry which. Froiflart-earned to England, and prefented to queen Philippe of Hainault It necef&rily precedes thefe books, or part* in which the death of this queen,* in 1369, is related : k even preexdes, if-1 do^notiaiftakei vmj thing prior-to 1367, when he mm appointed clerk of thcclofet to the queen of England;, for, I believe, it was the hiftory which he prefented to her that made himJknown** and gained him the office he held in the houfehold of that princefs. I doubt not but that it was pofttrior to the recital of the battle o£ Poitiers in 1350, fince it was at that epoch he began to write. We muft not feek for it cither before or after the years-1357,-1358, l%59 or 1360: 1 would rather fix on the year 1360; for in that year the treaty of Bretigny was concluded, which gave peace to France and England. This period, agrees with the time our author appears to have gone to England. The circumftance of the peace naturally interrupted the • progrcfs of a hiftory which had apparently no other objeéb than to treat of deeds of arms. The fecond and third volumes are terminated at fimilar periods; one at the peace between the duke of Bui^undy with Ghent in IMS, and the other between the French and Englifh in 1887. Froiflart difcontinued writing in 1392; and during the following years-which werç paffed in a fucceffion of truces between France and England,.

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