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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 42

A CRITICISM" OK mm HISTORY OF FROISSART. 1 HAVE laid before you the views with* which Froiflart wrote his Chronicles, the care he took to be informed of ai the- emits which wore to maie part» of them, and tbe rules he had impofed on himfelf in writing them. 1 fill at prefent examine if he have b«n exaft in obferving thefe rales ; what an the defeéfc&and advantages of his hiftory ; what is the form and ftylfe of it. Thence I fhall pafs to the manufcripts and editions we have of it, and to the abridgements and different tmaflations which have fceen publifhed. " Froiflart is accufed of partiality; and this accufation is become fo general that it fcems to have acquired the charaéler of' notoriety, whofe privilege is to fuperfede proofs. Froiflart is faid to have fold his pen to the Englifh, who paid him a confiderable penfion ; #od, by a neceflary-confequence of his afieébon fbr them, he is unfavourable to the French. . Bodîn, Pafquier, Brantôme, Sorel, la Popliniere, le Laboureur, decide againft him in the moft pofitrae terms. It feems even that his readnv prejudiced^ by the connexions which FraiAit had with the Englifh, may have feme reaiin to diftsuft every dung he. niâtes, to their, advantage*. Jm

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