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... now prefixed to the Toxophilus , it appears that it was to the good offices of Sir Williar Paget , then secretary of state , with His Majesty , that Ascham was indebted for the marks of favour which he subsequently received . -ED .
Then to mark diligently the causes , counsels , acts , and issues in all great attempts : and in causes , which is just or unjust ; in counsels , what is proposed wisely or rashly ; in acts , what is done courageously or faintly ...
... jeopardy increased : and therefore against a desperate evil began to seek for a desperate remedy , which was fetched from Rome , a shop always open to any mischief , as you shall perceive in these few leaves if you mark them well .
And mark how evidently God did declare both how much such a commission sent out abroad in Germany against him and his word did displease him ; and also how much the prayers and sighing hearts of just men do in time prevail with him ...
... mark things daily than I could before . And so we will depart with the Emperor from Inspruck , and see daily what chances were wrought by fear and hope in this Court , till his Majesty left the siege of Metz , and came down hither ...
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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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