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I mean this by our friendly fellowship together at Cheston Chelsey , and here at
Hatfield , her Grace's house ; our pleasant studies in reading together Aristotle's
Rhetoric , Cicero , and Livy ; our free talk , mingled always with honest mirth ; our
Therefore , let my purpose of reporting the truth as much content you , as the
mean handling of the matter may mislike you . Yet speaking thus much of truth , I
mean not such a hid truth as was only in the breast of Monsieur d'Arras on the ...
So every thing as it is plain and straight of his own nature , so it is fittest for far
moving . Therefore a stele which is hard to stand in a bow without knot , and
straight , ( I mean not artificially straight as the fletcher doth make it , but naturally
And , because mean men must meddle with mean matters , I will go forward in
describing the weather as concerning shooting : and , as I told you before , in the
whole year , spring - time , ' summer , fall of the leaf , and winter ; and in one day ...
Take heed therefore , ye great ones in the court , yea though ye be the greatest of
all , take heed ' what ye do ; take heed how ye live ; for as ye great ones use to do
, so all mean men love to do . Ye be indeed makers or marrers of all men's ...
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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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