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THE

CHRONICLES

OF

ENGUERRAND DE MONSTRELET: ;

CONTAINING

AN ACCOUNT OF THE CRUEL CIVIL WARS BETWEEN THE HOUSES OF

ORLEANS AND BURGUNDY;

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THE POSSESSION OF PARIS AND NORMANDY BY THE ENGLISH;

THEIR EXPULSION THENCE ;

AND OF OTHER MEMORABLE EVENTS THAT HAPPENED IN THE KINGDOM OF FRANCE, AS WELL AS

IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

A HISTORY OF FAIR EXAMPLE, AND OF GREAT PROFIT TO THE FRENCH.

BEGINNING AT THE YEAR MCCCC., WHERE THAT OF SIR JOHN PROISSART FINISHES, AND ENDING AT THE YEAR

MCCCCLXVII., AND CONTINUED BY OTHERS TO THE YEAR MDXVI.

TRANSLATED BY THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

MDCCCXLIX.

LONDON:

BRADBURY AND KVANS, PRINTERS, WHITEFRIARS.

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The Chronicles of Monstrelet form an immediate continuation of those of 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.

It may 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 the 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.

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CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.

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The LIFE OF MONSTRELET, with an Essay on his

Chronicles, by M. DACIER .

xxi

Observations on the Chronicle of Enguerrand de

Monstrelet, by M. Foncemagne

The Prologue

1

BOOK I.

1. How Charles, the well-beloved, reigned in

France, after he had been crowned at Rheims,

in the year thirteen hundred and eighty 3

2. An esquire of Arragon, named Michel d'Orris,

sends challenges to England. The answer he

receives froin a knight of that country

3. Great pardons granted at Rome

12

4. John of Montfort, duke of Brittany, dies. The

emperor departs from Paris. Isabella, queen

of England, returns to France

ib.

5. The duke of Burgundy, by orders from the

king of France, goes into Brittany, and ihe

duke of Orleans to Luxembourg. A quarrel

ensues between them

13

6. Clement, duke of Bavaria, is elected emperor

of Germany, and afterward conducted with a

numerous retinue to Frankfort

ib.

7. Henry of Lancaster, king of England, combats

the Percies and Weishmen, who had in vaded

bis kingdom, and defeats them

14

8. John de Verchin, a knight of great renown,

and seneschal of Hainault, sends, by his

herald, a challenge into divers countries, pro-

posing a deed of arms

ib,

9. The duke of Orleans, brother to the king of

France, sends a challenge to tho king of Eng-

land. The answer he receives

16

10. Waleran, count de Saint Pol, sends a challenge

to the king of England

23

11. Concerning the sending of sir James de Bour.

bon, count de la Marche, and his two brothers,

by orders from the king of France, to tho

assistance of the Welsh, and other matters · 24

12. The admiral of Brittany, with other lords,

fights the English at sea. Gilbert de Frelun

makes war against king Henry

13. The university of Paris quarrels with sir Charles

de Savoisy and with the provost of Paris ib.

14. The seneschal of Hainzult performs a deed of

arms with three others, in the presence of the

king of Arragon. The admiral of Brittany

undertakes an expedition against England · 26

15. The marshal of France and the master of the

cross-bows, by orders from the king of France,

go to England, to the assistance of the prince

of Wales

28

16. A powerful infidel, called Tamerlane, invades

the kingdom of king Bajazet, who marches

against and fights with him

29

17. Charles, king of Navarre, negotiates with the

king of France, and obtains the duchy of

Nemours. Duke Philip of Burgundy makes

a journey to Bar-le-Duc and to Brussels. 30

18. The duke of Burgundy dies in the town of

Halle, in Hainault. His body carried to

the Carthusian conveut at Dijon, in Bur-

gundy.

ib.

19. Waleran, count de St. Pol, lands a large force

on the Isle of Wight, to make war against

England, but returns without having per-

formed any great deeds

32

20. Louis duke of Orleans is sent by the king to the

pope at Marseilles. The duke of Bourbon is

ordered into Languedoc, and the constable

into Acquitaine

ib.

21. The death of duke Albert, count of Ilainault,

and of Margaret, duchess of Burgundy, daugh-

ter to Louis earl of Flanders

33

22. John, duke of Burgundy, after the death of the

duchess Margaret, is received by the principal

towns in Flanders as their lord

34

23. Puke William, count of Hainault, presides at a

combat for life or death, in his town of

Quesnoy, in which one of the champions is

slain

ib.

24. The count de St. Pol marches an army beforo

the castle of Mercq, where the English from

Calais meet and discomfit biin

35

25. Jobu, diike of Burgundy, goes to Paris, and

causes the dauphin and queen to return thi.

ther, whom the duke of Orleans was carrying

off, with other matters

38

26. Duke John of Burgundy obtains from the king

of France the government of Picardy. An

embassy from Eng and to France. An ac-

count of Clugnet de Brabant, knight

43

27. The war is renewed between the dukes of Bar

and Lorraine. Marriages concluded at Com-

piegne. An alliance between the dukes of

Orleans and Burgundy

28. The duke of Orleans, by the king's orders,

marches a powerful army to Acquitaine, and

besieges Blay and le Bourg

46

29. The duke of Burgundy prevails on the king of

France and his council, that he may have

permission to assemble men-at-arms to bo-

siege Calais

47

30. The prelates and clergy of France are sum.

moned to attend the king at Paris, on the

subject of a union of the church

48

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