Froissart (Classic Reprint)
Very little is known of the youth of Froissart. He was born at Valenciennes, but considerable disagreement exists, even among scholars, as to the exact date of his birth.
Froissart, nevertheless, alludes to the subject more than once. 'On the thirtieth night of November 1373, I was thirty-five years old, a little more, a little less,' he tells us in one of his poems, the Joli Buisson de Jeunesse: from which we might conclude that he was born in 1338. But in the third book of the Chronicles we read: 'Know that in the year of grace 1390, I was fifty-seven years of age:' which is as much as to say that he was born in 1333. A little further on, in the fourth book, he relates to us a long history that he heard 'in the year of grace 1361, being at Berkhampstead, beyond London, and as then I was of the age of twenty-four years.' This takes us back to the year 1337, the date which is, in fact, generally adopted by his biographers. But Froissart goes on to speak in detail of this memorable visit to Berkhampstead.
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