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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart

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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.
Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 160



1ST BS93, one and the fame edition with thefe three dates, which is the one that^ according to Le Long, was edited by Sauvage, although nothing at all is -mentioned concerning him in the dedication or the advertifement. Bayle, in his Diétionn. T. in..p. 411. is acquainted with no older edition than of 1511 : he cites from Du Chefne, a Parifian one of 1603, of which it is well to doubt : finally, one ftill in the Louvre, which miftake Le Long has already marked. All the editions are exceedingly rare; the firft has* remained unknown to Maittaire and Denis. Bayle informs us that Monftrelet was governor of Cambray.. Of his life, no more is known. Le Long blames him, equally with Froiflart,. becaufe he has not written better; alfo that he is too partial towards the houfe of Burgundy, and that he has filled fo many volumes with a hiftory of ' 67 years ; although it is true that he has made all things clear by inferted ftate-papera, treaties, &c. which add greater value to his work.. According. to Lenglet, he is fomewhat lefs partial than Froiflart, but, for all that, very favourable to the houfe of Burgundy. The laft is alfo Bayle's opinion. ~ Connoiflèurs aflitre us* like Froiflart,. the editions with gothic letters have been lefs altered than the later ones* The conclufion in the article de Màn/hrelèt, in the Univerfal Scholar's Lexicon, part iii page 620, above,—€ There yet lies alfo • at Breflau a « beautiful manufcript thereof, which ihould be ftill more perfeél,'—is a flip. of memory, for it refers to Froiflart, and ihould be wholly ftruck out. If, inftead of hindering the printing and circulation of more folid works, through the indefcribable multitude of romances and romancing hiftories,. many important old chronicles were made more known by good tranilations,, but not abridgments, as Sleidan has done, the more accurate knowledge of. that which in different ftates has already paflèd, in conjun&ion with that which happens at prefent, would give the judgment a more juft direétion ;. at the leaft, for. the fufficiendy confirming the 4 Iliacos intra muros peccatur et extra.' The defcriptions alfo, of fo many battles, fieges, marches, circumftantially defcribed by fuch authors, efpecially petty war-adventures^, procure, the men of the trade, not a little emolument..


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