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I now find true by experience , which I have oft heard of others , and sometimes read myself , that men make no such account of commodities when they have them , as when they want them . I mean this by our friendly fellowship together ...
... full of your wonted good will towards me , I answered immediately from Spires , by Francis the post : which letter , if it be not yet come to your hand , ye might have heard tell of it in Mr. Secretary Cecil's chamber in the Court .
But that you may know that I have not been altogether idle in this my absence , and that I will not come home as one that can say nothing of that he hath seen and heard abroad ; I will homely and rudely ( yet not altogether disorderly ) ...
And yet I heard a gentleman of Milan say ( who was sent hither to the Emperor by Gonzaga ) , that Octavio is such a prince for good nature and gentle behaviour , that he supposed there was not one in Italy but did love him , except it ...
they were as coldly heard ; that at length Octavio finding least comfort where of right he looked for most aid , and seeing that displeasures could not be ended in Gonzaga , nor could not be amended by the Emperor ; then he , compelled ...
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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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