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To free himself from this censure was one of the reasons for which he published , in 1544 , his Toxophilus , or the School or Partitions of Shooting , in which he joins the praise with the precepts of archery .
Graunt exerts his rhetorical powers in praise of Ascham's disinterestedness and contempt of money ; and declares , that though he was often reproached by his friends with neglect of his own interest , he never would ask any thing ...
... to write nothing false : next , to be bold to say any truth ; whereby is avoided two great faults , flattery and hatred : for which two points Cęsar is read to his great praise , and Jovius the Italian to his just reproach .
England hath matter , and England hath men furnished with all abilities to write ; who , if they would , might bring both like praise unto themselves , and like profit to others , as these two noble men have done .
... which secretly were then in working ; the Prince of Salerne also declared himself an open enemy This Prince in this Court is much beloved for his gentle ness , and openly praised for his wisdom , and greatly lamented for his fortune ...
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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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