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... Farnese with so sudden breaches , and most of all encumbered with the fear of
the stirs in Germany , which secretly were then in working ; the Prince of Salerne
also declared himself an open enemy This Prince in this Court is much beloved ...
For the rest that is behind , I will use a gross and homely kind of talk with you ; for
I will now , as it were , carry you out of England with me , and will lead you the
same way that I went , even to the Emperor's Court , being at Augsburg , an .
And I marvel this book is no more read in the court than it is , seeing it is so well
translated into English by a worthy gentleman , Sir Thomas Hobby , who was
many ways well furnished with learning , and very expert in knowledge of divers ...
the example of one big one of this court did , still to keep up the same : the
memory whereof doth yet remain in a common proverb of Birching - lane . Take
heed therefore , ye great ones in the court , yea though ye be the greatest of all ,
ments that came out of the court , yet this bold misorder was winked at , and
borne within the court . I thought it was not well , that some great ones of the court
durst declare themselves offended with good men of London for doing their duty
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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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