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A fletcher hath even as good a quarrel to be angry with an archer that refuseth an
ill shaft , as a blade - smith hath to a fletcher ... And seeing the knowledge is one
in them both , yet the end divers ; surely that fletcher is an enemy to archers and ...
... The best part of Alexander's host were archers , as plainly doth appear by
Arrian , and other that wrote his life ; and those so strong archers , that they only ,
sundry times overcame their enemies before any other needed to fight ; as was
the French King , as Gaguinus , the French historiographer , plainly doth tell ,
slew that day all the nobility of France only with his archers . Such like battle also
fought the noble Black Prince Edward , beside Poictiers , where John the French
Faults in archers do exceed the number of archers , which come with use of
shooting without teaching . Use and custom separated from knowledge and
learning , doth not only hurt shooting , but the most weighty things in the world
Thus , as concerning the weather , a perfect archer must first learn to know the
sure Alight of his shafts , that he may be bold always to trust them ; then must he
learn by daily experience all manner of kinds of weather , the tokens of it , when it
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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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