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In writing this book , I have had earnest respect to three special points ; truth of
religion , honesty in living , right order in learning . In which three ways , I pray
God my poor children may diligently walk ; for whose sake , as nature moved ,
If some yet do not well understand what is an Englishman Italianated , I will
plainly tell him : “ He that by living and travelling in Italy , bringeth home into
England out of Italy , the religion , the learning , the policy , the experience , the
manners of ...
And thus you see , how will enticed to wantonness , doth easily allure the mind to
false opinions ; and how corrupt manners in living , breed false judgement in
doctrine ; how sin and fleshliness , bring forth sects and heresies : and therefore ...
Therefore , if some were so planted in Cambridge , as they should neither be
carried away to other place , nor decay there for lack of living , nor be bound to
profess no one of the three , but bend themselves wholly to help forward all ; I
Sir , my trust is , you will not judge me inconstant for this diversity in choice of my
living , but rather one that would lievest live as I find self fittest to serve my prince
and my country ; for as God be my judge , I had rather follow fitness in myself ...
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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
No preview available - 2020