SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries
from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1
printed copies and manufèripts of Froiffart that hare ' paffed through my hands.
III. Dfoijion of the FourVolumes qf Fróijfart into Chapters, and of the firfi Volume into feveral Parts.
TH E four volumes of thehiftory of Froiffart are
fubdivided into a great number of chapters, which
are differently placed, according to different manu
fcripts and printed copies; but, befide thefe divi
fions, in a great many manufcripts there is one
which is particular to the firft volume. Some have
four books, or parts, others fix, and fome eight. I
will fpeak more fully of this matter when I come ta
mention the manufcripts of Froiffart.
It is in one of thefe four* fix, or eight divifionS
of the firft volume, that we mtift feek for the ter
mination of that part of his hiftory which Froiffart
carried to England, and prefented to queen Philippa
of Hainault. It neceffarily precedes thefe books, or
parts, in which the death of this queen in 1369, ifr
related ; it even precedes, if I do not .miftake, every
thing prior to 1367, when he was appointed clerk
of the clofet to the queen of England 5 for, I be
lieve, it was the hiftory which he prefented to hef
that made him known, and gained him the office
he held in the houfehold of that princefs.
Ï doubt not but that it was pofteriòr to the recital ' of the battle of Poitiers in 1356, fince it was at that
epoch he began to write. W e muft not feek for it
either before or after the years J357, 1358* *359
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