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He made a short excursion into Italy , and mentions in his Schoolmaster with great severity the vices of Venice . He was desirous of visiting Trent while the council were sitting ; but the scantiness of his purse defeated his curiosity ...
As first , the causes of the open invasion by the Turk ; of the secret working for such sudden breaches in Italy and Germany ; of the fine fetches in the French practices ; of the double - dealing of Rome with all parties : then more ...
... to write nothing false : next , to be bold to say any truth ; whereby is avoided two great faults , flattery and hatred : for which two points Cęsar is read to his great praise , and Jovius the Italian to his just reproach .
For no week almost hath past , in the which there hath not commonly come to my hand for the most part of the notable things that have been attempted in Turkey , Hungary , Italy , France , and Germany . In declaring to you these things ...
... as he hath : with this hook baited with money , the bait of all inischief , the French king hath not ceased to angle at as many hearts in Italy and Ger many as he knew any matter of unkindness to be ministered unto by the Emperor .
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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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