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Pietro Ludovico Farnesio , ( son to Pope Paul the Third ) duke of Placentia , father
to this Octavio duke of Parma , which married the Emperor's base daughter , and
to Horatio duke of Castro , who of late had married also the French king's base ...
These two princes being neighbours , the one at Milan , the other at Parma ,
shewed small friendship the one to the other . But Octavio was evermore wrong
to the worse by many and sundry spites , but chiefly with daily fear of his life by ...
... his life , but also the Church of Rome should lose her right in Parma , as she
had done before in Placentia . The Pope gave good ear to this talk , for he spied
that hereby should be offered unto him a fit occasion to set the Emperor and ...
When Octavio with the whole house of Farnese became thus French , the
Emperor , more fearing the state of Milan than lamenting the loss of Octavio ,
persuaded on his side the Pope to require Parma as the Church's right , and to
And therefore he was not only content ( as a man might say ) to hazard Parma on
the main chance ; but , to make the two princes better sport and fresher game ,
set also even then Mic randula on a bye chance , that mischief enough might ...
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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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