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Fourthly , this last year , a little before the open wars , Duke Maurice procured
once again , not only all the Princes and free estates of Germany , but also the
King of the Romans Ferdinand , Maximilian his son King of Bohemia , the King of
... as I have once seen , his Majesty fall so again into any enemy's hands ; lest
peradventure less gentleness would be found in him than was found in Duke
Maurice , who when he was most able to hurt , was most ready to hold his hand ,
... he would not once naine bread , although it be most common and necessary of
all ; but surely , if a feast , being never so great , lacked bread , or had fusty and
naughty bread , all the other dainties should be unsavoury and little regarded ...
For if you suffer the eye of a young gentleman once to be entangled with vain
sights , and the ear to be corrupted with fond or filthy talk , the mind shall quickly
fall sick , and soon vomit , and cast up all the wholesome doctrine that he
received in ...
I was once in Italy myself ; but I thank God my abode there was but nine days ;
and yet I saw in that little time , in one city , more liberty to sin , than ever I heard
tell of in our noble city of London in nine year . I saw it was there as free to sin ,
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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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