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... could yet effect , will be understood from the account use than are always
suited to the nature of his discourse , never rising above , never sinking beneath
it , but so naturally expressive of their author's sentiments , that the reader is
never at ...
Such two kind of men , saith the Duke , besides the present troubling of others ,
never or seldom come to good end themselves . He loveth not also bold and thick
- skinned faces , wherein the meaning of the heart doth never appear . Nor such ...
against them , as they had always cause to fear him , and never occasion to
contemn him : yea , if he had lived , he would sooner , men think , have driven all
Spaniards out of Germany , than they should have hurt him in Saxony ; for he had
Again , Domitian the Emperor was so cunning in shooting , that he could shoot
betwixt a man's fingers standing afar off , and never hurt him . Commodus also
was so excellent , and had so sure a hand in it , that there was nothing within his
He said a pair of cards cost not past two - pence , and that they needed not so
much reparation as bow and shafts , they would never hurt a man's hand , nor
never wear his gear . A man should never slay a man with shooting wide at the
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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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