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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 62

England. The manner in which this fad is related has not been forgotten by the engiifh hiftorians, who have mentioned the different rumours which had gone abroad on this fubjeét Number 17 feems to have been written by the fame hand as 15 and 10 ; and thefe three, added to the manufcript of the third book, which is wanting, perhaps made the work complete. Under the number 169 of the Coiflin Library, at prefent in that of St Germain des PTCB, are comprehended four volumes, three of which are of the fame handwriting; that is to fay, of the middle of the fifteenth century, containing the firft, the third, and laft book of Froiflart. The fourth, which is of the fame writing, but more beautiful, is another copy of the laft book, with the addition which 1 have juft mentioned, concerning the death of Richard. M. Mahudel has comihunicated to me a manufcript of the beginning of the fifteenth century, without a title, and which may have been fuppofed to have been written by Froiflart; but it is only a very fuccinét abridgment, in which has been preferved, as much as poffible, the original text of the hiftorian to the end of the firft volume, where the abridgment ceafes. It is divided into fix books, of which the two firft end with thefe words : 4 Here ends the firft (die fécond) book of this fécond volume of the chronicles of England, and confequently the feventh (the eighth) of the four parcUtulx' (or volumes). We read alfo at the end of the fixth, 4 Here ends the fécond volume of the chronicles of England/ This manufcript probably made part of four volumes of a compilation Sf a hiftory of England, divided each into fix books, fuch nearly as our chronicles of St Denis. The firft volume would have contained events anterior to Froiflart; and as the fécond, which we have, includes afi abridgment of his firft volume, we may prefume that the two following would, in like manner, have contained that of the three other volumes, and perhaps alfo the hiftory of the times pofterior to them. This abridgment, however, is the fame with that of La Chaux, which Sauvage has made ufé of: I difcover the marks by which he has pointed it out, with the exception of the firft leaf9 which may have been loft fince that time. 59

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