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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 38

• It is ftrîs trail whfch out Wftoriao pMfues himfelf on having fought after with the greateft cafe However, alt I have jnft 'Aid is taken from his own words, in a nomfter of paffigttm Ms hiftory; and it is on this alone that f depend. It mmdm to hi te if he toe as faithfully obferved this law which he împofes -on Mmfelf as htf km proraMèi. But before I enter into an examination of this qoeftion, f lhall Make fome general obfervations on Iris chronology: I ftalf tien IpeaÉ ol the firft thirty years of his hiftory, which are, properly fpcaking, but an ktfodifetion to the forty, and fonje years which follow them, to the end of the fourteenth century. * VIM. THE CHmo'NOLOGf Of FfcOISSÂHT 1 OBSERVE in the chronology of Froiflart two material dcfeéls, which are the fborce of all the diforder found in it. The firft, that when he pafles #om- the Wfttofy of one country to that of another, he makes the hiftory ^which he begks g# bade- to a period- anterior to what he his juft fpoken o& without having taken the precaution t5 inform his readers of it. The fécond, Which is nut le& eonfiderafele, is* that he has not fettled in his own mind the banner of counting the years: he makes them fbmetiraes begin the 1ft of January,—at other times at Eafter, and fometimes even at Palm Sunday. Froiflart doesnot confine himfelf to date by years the events he relates :* months, days, hours of the day, are often expreflfed in his different recitals* I remark, with regard to the days, that he only begins them when night isi completely gone, and day-break begins to appear. With regard to the hours of -the day, he makes a divifion, of which fome examples, but in a fmall number* are fan in our ancient authors, and- to which he-very particularly attacha himfelf. He divides them according to the canonical hours of prime, tierce, none and vêpres; becaufe, perhaps, he was in the ecclefiaftical profeffion himfelf. I obferve, that he has not any where made ufe of the word fer te * what he means by prime was the morning, the firft hour of the day, or the hour which followed next after day-break. Tierce feems to me to mark the intermediate time between the morning and- mid-day, which he expreflès other by the word • mid-day9 or by that of none. Afterwards comes vépre, mkwéprée: it wa^asthe word points out, the-endof theday; after whidl il

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