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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 59

11hould extend this eflày to too great a length if I were to defcribe the 'form, the age, the titles, the omiflions or imperfections, and other angularities, which diftinguifli thefe manufcripts. In regard to other and more eflential différences, I ftiall fay in general, that the greater part confift in tranrpofitions of fome articles, in changes, additions, or retrenchments of words, in ornifiions fometimes confiderable ; abbreviations of feveral chapters, or compreffion of many events into a narrow compafs; vague tranntions, ufelefs recapitulations of the foregoing chapters; certain modes of phrafeology, which, like formulas, are repeated in every page ; and fome interpolations of the copyifts, which, ferving only to fwell out the volume, have been wifely curtailed by Sauvage in his printed edition. I will not quote any other example than the partage where, fpeaking of the afFeftion of Edward III. for the princefs of Hainault, whom he married, he fàys, * a fine fpark of love therefore {truck him to which the copyift adds thefe words, * which madame Venus fent him by Cupid the god of love.* However, among thefe frivolous additions, there may have been fome of importance which it would be proper to fearch for in thofe parts that offer any difficulty, or in thofe articles which demand a ferious difcuflion. After thefe general obfervations, I will fay one word of the principal Angularities which I have noticed in fome of thefe manufcripts. Thofe of the numbers 8315, and 17 of Colbert, are remarkable for the corrections which have been made on their margins in the article that mentions Philip de Valois's acceffion to the crown of France. The feme hand has alfo added to this laft manufcript a note, which is written on one of the blank leaves prefixed to the chronicle: * Two verfes which the peers of France ient to king Edward of England, at the time when he difputed the fucceffion to the crown of France. * Credo regnorum qui cupis eue duorum Succedunt mares huic regno non mulieres *.' * To re-eilablifh the meafhre and the fenfe of the firft verfc, we muft, I think, add die word rex : * Regnorum qui Rex cupis effe duorum.' And to make Edward feel the application, we may, inftead of Credo, read Crede, or Credito, of which Credo is perhaps an abbreviation. With regard to the fecond, the number of fylhbks is preferred which an hexameter requires, and that fhould be .ftifiicicnt for os not to quand with the met&ae, ST PALAYI. 56

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