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... studies in reading together Aristotle's Rhetoric , Cicero , and Livy ; our free talk , mingled always with honest mirth ; our trim conferences of that present world , and too true judgements of the troublesome time that followed .
And being asked how he could excuse the Pope's unkindness against his master the Emperor ; he answered smiling , Julius the third is a knave , but the Pope is an honest man ; which saying is common in this Court .
There be at this day five Marquisses of Brandenburgh : Joachimus Elector , Johannes his brother , who , for civil service , is imperial with might and main , and yet in religion a Christian Prince , with heart , tongue , and honesty of ...
And after this sort of outward behaviour and inward condition in Marquis Albert , as I have marked his person myself , and as I have learned his doings by such as by experience knew them well , and for their honesty would report them ...
... shall with some more pleasure read their doings ) this Lazarus Swendy is a tall and a comely personage , and being brought up in learning under Ecolampadius at Basil , making ( as it was told me by an honest man that was thoroughly ...
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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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