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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 35



. sa tr -tocards die end of the fourteenth or the beginning of Ac fifteenth century. We find in it thofe events which belong to the years 1399 and 1400, but nothing that may lead os to form any judgment how long a time the author employed on this laft part. It is neceûary to make one general observation on die fubjcft of thefe intervals, which I have juft been fpeaking of, and of which I have attempted to determine the length. When our hiftorian finifhed one of the parts of die hiftory, he brought it down to the rime of his writing; and towards the end, he related die events as they were paffing ; whence it happens, as it feems to me, that there is much confufion, and not unfrequently omiffions and miftakes, which he has been obliged to correct, or alter, in the following parts. It is probably thefe different Supplements which have made him take in many places the title not only of ' Actor,* that is to fay, Author, but in addition to it, that of ' Augmentator,* of this hiftory,—and made him fay, -in other parts of it, * to have undertaken, continued and augmented.* VI. THE INQUIB1KS FBOISSABT If ABE TO COMPOS! BIS HISTOLY, AND THE* FAINS, HB TOOK ON THIS SUBJECT. IT has been (hewn with how much pain and fatigue Froiflart had vifited lèverai of the courts in Europe. Admitted within die palaces of the great lords, he insinuated himfelf into their confidence to fuch a degree that they not only related to him many particulars of their own lives, and of thofe events which they had a (hare in, or had been eye-wrtneffes of; but they discovered to him fometimes the Secret motives of the refblutions which had been entered into in the councils of the cabinet upon the moft important affairs; and he never failed to take advantage of his converfations with thofe of whofe intimacy he boafted, and whom he could interrogate with greater freedom. It fëems that he derived die knowledge of many details relating to tranfactions in the court of France from the Servants even of the king himfelf, and from thofe who wore iicsr his ptrfiwi» »


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