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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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cf France, fhe ion of lus fitter, and preferring a ftriét neutrality between the two rival crowns, he was invited to the coronations of Charles V. and of Charles VI. He obtained, even in the laft of thefe ceremonies, the pardon of the count de St Pol, whom the king's council wiflied to put to death for the crime -of high treafon. Froiflart, who informs us of this circumftance, with which he mud have been well acquainted, tells us another, which clearly fliews, that Winceflaus ever prefcrved the friendfhip of king Charles, as well as that of his council. During the time the war was carrying on with the greateft obftinacy, he obtained a paflport for the princefs Anne of Bohemia to go to England, where fhe was to marry Richard IL Charles and his uncles accompanied this favour with the moft obliging letters, adding, that they only granted it out of friendfhip to him. Froiflart had not any intereft to write againft France during the time he paffed with this prince : he had, fhortly afterwards, ftill lefs when he was fecretary to the count de Blois, who crowned a life, completely devoted to the interefts of France, with the facrifice of the interefts of his own family. The moft trifling marks of ill will againft France would have expofed him to lofe, not only the good graces of his mafter but the fruit of his hiflorical labours, which he had induced him to continue, and which he fo generoufljr recompenfed. The hiftorian, therefore, fearful of reproaches to which he might be liable for being too good a Frenchman, reproaches very different from thofe which have been fince made him, thinks himfelf bound to juftify, in the following terms, what he relates of the inviolable attachment of the Bretons to the crown of France againft the Engiifh, vol. iii. chapter LXIV. year 1387. * Let no one fay I have been corrupted by the favours which the count Guy de Blois (who has made me write this hiftory) has fhewn unto me, and who has fo liberally paid me for it that I am fatisfied, becaufe he was nephew to the true duke of Brittany, and fo nearly related as fon to count Louis de Blois, brother-german to Charles de Blois, who, as long as he lived, was duke of Brittany : no, by my troth, it is not fo,—for I will not fpeak at all, unlefs it be the truth, and go ftrait forward, without praifing one more than another. Befides, the gallant prince and court, who have made, me undertake this.hiftory, had no other wifh than for me to fey what is true/ a •1

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