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But his retirement was soon at an end ; for in 1548 his pupil Grindal , the master
of the princess Elizabeth , died , and the princess , who had already some
acquaintance with Ascham , called him from his college to direct her studies .
And when he talketh he so frameth his tongue to agree with heart , as speaking
and meaning seemeth to be always at one in him ; and herein he may be well
called the son of Achilles , whom Homer wittily doth feign to have such a free
that the nine Muses their self , as soon as they were born , were put to nurse to a
lady called Euphemis , which had a son named Erotus , with whom the nine
Muses , for his excellent shooting , kept evermore company withal , and used
daily to ...
Again , shooting hath two tutors to look upon it , out of whose company shooting
never stirreth , the one called daylight , the other open place , which two keep
shooting from evil company , and suffer it not to have too much swing , but
Thus I , first ready by mine own nature , then moved by good counsel , after
driven by ill fortune , lastly called by quietness , thought it good to root myself in
Cambridge again . And in very deed , so many be pluckt from thence before they
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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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