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For if a shaft Jack a head , it is worth nothing for neither use . Therefore , seeing
heads be so necessary , they must of necessity be weli looked upon . Heads for
war , of long time hath been made , not only of divers matters , but also of divers ...
thers , which surely we call in English a broad arrow head , or a swallow tail . The
other he calleth ymcoxas , having two points stretching forward , and this
Englishmen do call a fork head : both these two kinds of heads were used in
Thus heads which make a little hole and deep , be better in war , than those
which make a great hole and stick fast in . ... of all heads for war , I would wish
that the head - makers of England should make their sheaf - arrow heads more
Now , when blunt heads be good to keep a length withal , yet naught for a wind ;
sharp heads good to perch the ... a perfectness , that all the commodities of the
two other heads should be put into one head , without any discommodity at all .
You must look at the head also , lest it have had any stripe at the last shot . A
stripe upon a stone , many times will both mar the head , crook the shaft , and hurt
the feather , whereof the least of them all will cause a man lose his * strength .
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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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