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But chiefly I would wish , and ( if I were of authority ) I would counsel , all the
young gentlemen of this realm , never to lay out of their hands two authors ,
Xengphon in Greek , and Cęsar in Latin , wherein they should follow noble
And to have engines of war to beat down cities withal ; and to have scout watch
amongst our enemies to know their counsels , as the noble captain Jonathan ,
brother to Judas Maccabeus , did in the country of Amathis , against the mighty
Persians themselves set by shooting , whereby they increased their empire so
much , doth appear by three manifest reasons : First , that they brought up their
youth in the school of shooting under twenty years of age , as divers noble Greek
... like courage and stomach in war , like quickness of wit to learning , hath made
England and Scotland both one , they would suffer them no longer to be two ; but
give over the Pope , which seeketh none other thing ( as many a noble and wise
Such like battle also fought the noble Black Prince Edward , beside Poictiers ,
where John the French King , with his son , and in a manner all the peers of
France were taken , be . sides 30,000 which that day were slain , and very few
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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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