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The Chronicles of Monstrelet form an immediate continuation of those d Froissart, and although not possessing all the spirit-stirring vigour of the chivalric pages of the Canon of Chimay, which exhibit in that respect merit altogether unsurpassed, yet they are by no means deficient in descriptive power; and as an historical authority, the accuracy of the dates and transcripts of official documents render the work invaluable as a store-house of ascertained facts, and in that respect superior to its predecessor, who is not famed for such scrupulous nicety.
be proper to mention in this place, that the first and second books, carrying on the history of France, and in part that of Europe generally, from the year 1400, when Froissart concludes, to the month of May 1444, are alone tho genuine work of Monstrelet. The remainder, in which the history is continued to 1516, many years after Monstrelet's death, is a mere compilation from other chronicles, but as that portion is fully commented on in the annexed essays of M. Dacier and M. de Foncemagne, it is unnecessary to enter further upon the subject.
The merit of the wood-cuts, on which no pains or expense have been spared, needs no eulogium from the pen of the editor. Their pictorial excellence, and the accurate delineation of architecture and costume, give them value ; and many of the landscapes and views of places having been made expressly for this work, are invested with an additional interest, as possessing a guarantee of fidelity, in which mere copies of the works of others are necessarily deficient.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.
13. The university of Paris quarrels with sir Charles
de Savoisy and with the provost of Paris ib.
the Carthusian conveut at Dijon, in Bur-
France. A truce concluded between Eug- 52. Two combats take place at Paris in the pre-
sence of the king. The death of the arch-
uncles, marches a considerable force to wage 53. The ambassadors to the council from the uni.
versity of Paris write letters to inform those
who had sent them of what had passed at this
of France. King Louis of Sicily leaves Paris.
58. Duke Louis of Bavaria espouses the daughter of
and of the duchess of Orleans
87 60. A great dissension takes place this year between
the king of Poland on the one hand, and the
the reply from the chancellor
111 62. The king of Sicily goes to Provence and to
Bologua, to meet his rival, king Ladislaus.
they imprison his commissary
115 63. The grand-master of Prussia marides a power-