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WPuserPaulHermans-Chroniques_de_Froissart_(15e_eeuw)_-_Slag_op_het_BeverhoutsveldThe Chronicles (French: Chroniques) of Jean Froissart are a prose history centred on the first part of the Hundred Years' War between England and France but incorporating developments across Western Europe between the 1320s and the end of the Fourteenth Century.

In his early life, Froissart was a courtly poet, patronised by Philippa of Hainault, wife of the English King Henry III. In the Chronicles, he turned to a prose form which was beginning to become the accepted medium for serious history. Nevertheless, his work is animated by the chivalric spirit of earlier romances.

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Free online texts

English translations

Bartleby: The Chronicles of Froissart, edited by G.C. Macaulay. HTML format.

Gutenberg: Chronicle and Romance: Froissart, Malory, Holinshed. The Chronicles of Froissart, The Holy Grail, A Description of Elizabethan England. Harvard Classics edition. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats.

Internet Archive: Chronicles - Vol I - Vol II - Vol III - Vol IV - Vol V - Vol VI - Vol VII - Vol VIII - Vol IX - Vol X - Vol XI - Vol XII. EPUB, MOBI, PDF and TXT formats.

French texts

Gutenberg: Chroniques - tome 1/13, 1re partie - tome 1/13, 2ème partie  - tome 2/13. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats. 

Gallica: Chroniques. Image files.

The Online Froissart. HTML manuscript transcriptions and other resources.

Wikisource: Les Chroniques. HTML and other formats.

Other Resources

Wikipedia: Jean Froissart - Froissart's Chronicles

Further reading

Bloom's Western Canon: The Chronicles is listed.

Guillame de Lorris: Roman de la Rose - a key influence on Froissart's poetic style.

French Language resources


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