Comines, they say, in the fifteenth century, extolled the English constitution as the best in the world.
It should be said that the Mémoires of Comines are not a continuous history.
The narrative of Charles's despair, and the detail of his drinking tisane in place of wine, is borrowed from Comines, book v. ch.
Many monarchs of this day have experienced more than once the truth of the reflection of Comines.
Comines calls this soldier "Cohin," in the oldest texts "Colpin."
But, as Comines one-sidedly, and yet on the whole rightly observes on this occasion, Jamais homme cruel ne fut hardi.
His minister and intimate friend, Comines, has left a faithful and judicious account of his life.
Nor was the courtly vice of the libertine the only drawback to the virtuous character assigned to Hastings by Comines.
The estimate by Comines of the two armies is admitted to be a fair one.
Comines, an historian intervening, we must reluctantly pass, with thus barely mentioning his name.