Froissart, Jean (1333?–1400?), a French historian and poet. In Chronicles of France, England, Scotland, and Spain he gives a colorful but not entirely reliable account of events from 1326 to 1400, including the first part of the Hundred Years' War. Froissart's long verse romance Méliador was popular in his day.
Froissart was born in Hainaut. In 1361 he went to London, where Queen Philippa, who was French, became his patron. He accompanied the Black Prince to Aquitaine in 1366, and two years later he probably met Chaucer and Petrarch in Italy. After Queen Philippa's death in 1369 Froissart spent 15 years working on his chronicles in Hainaut and in traveling.