The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth (Google eBook)

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White, Cochrane, 1815 - Archery - 391 pages
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating
book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
Charles-E,. Reesink
 

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Page 49 - Eighth, by the grace of God King of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and of the Church of England, and also of Ireland, in earth the supreme head...
Page 217 - After salutation and duty done, with some other talk, I asked her why she would lose such pastime in the park? Smiling she answered me, ' I wist all their sport in the park is but a shadow to that pleasure that I find in Plato. Alas I good folk, they never felt what true pleasure meant.
Page 197 - ... taught him before. After this, the child must take a paper book, and sitting in some place, where no man shall prompt him, by himself, let him translate into English his former lesson. Then showing it to his master, let the master take from him his Latin book, and pausing an hour at the least, then let the child translate his own English into Latin again in another paper book. When the child bringeth it turned into Latin, the master must compare it with Tully's book, and lay them both together;...
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Page 206 - And it is pity, that commonly more care is had, yea and that among very wise men, to find out rather a cun» ning man for their horse, than a cunning man for their children. They say nay in word, but they do so in deed : for to the one they will gladly give a stipend of two hundred crowns by the year, and loth to offer to the other two hundred shillings.
Page 208 - Is he, that is apt by goodness of wit, and appliable by readiness of will, to learning, having all other qualities of the mind and parts of the body, that must another day serve learning...
Page 237 - ... the fancy that many young gentlemen of England have to travel abroad, and namely to lead a long life in Italy. His request, both for his authority and good will toward me, was a sufficient commandment unto me to satisfy his pleasure with uttering plainly my opinion in that matter. "Sir...
Page 216 - Her parents, the duke and the duchess, with all the household, gentlemen and gentlewomen, were hunting in the park. I found her in her chamber reading...
Page 233 - I wis, than three years' travel abroad spent in Italy. And I marvel this book is no more read in the court than it is, seeing it is so well translated into English by a worthy gentleman, Sir Thomas Hoby, who was many ways well furnished with learning and very expert in knowledge of divers tongues.
Page 221 - But Nobility, governed by learning and wisdom, is indeed most like a fair ship, having tide and wind at will, under the rule of a skilful master ; when contrariwise, a ship carried, yea with the highest tide and greatest wind, lacking a skilful master, most commonly doth either sink itself upon sands, or break itself upon rocks.

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