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To the most gracious , and our most dread Sovereign Lord , King Henry VIII . , 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 Supreme Head ...
and order ; and then was amongst them more stealing than true dealing , more
surety for them that studied to be naught , than quietness for them that laboured
to be good ; when now , thanked be God and noble England , there is no country
The bloody civil war of England betwixt the houses of York and Lancaster , where
shafts flew of both sides to the destruction of many a yeoman of England , whom
foreign battle could never have subdued , both I will pass over for the pitifulness ...
How these three things stand with the artillery of England , a word or two I will say
. All Englishmen , generally , be apt for shooting ; and how ? Like as that ground
is plentiful and fruitful , which , without any tilling , bringeth out corn : as , for ...
And I rejoice that even poor England prevented Italy , first in spying out , then in
seeking to amend this fault in learning : And here , for my pleasure , I purpose a
little by the way , to play and sport with my master Tully ; from whom commonly I ...
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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.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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