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Other that never learned to shoot , nor yet knoweth good shaft nor bow , will be as busy as the best , but such one commonly ... Other there be , which have very good bow and shafts , and good knowledge in shooting , but they have been ...
A fletcher hath even as good a quarrel to be angry with an archer that refuseth an ill shaft , as a blade - smith hath to a fletcher that forsaketh to buy of him a naughty knife : for as an archer must be content that a fletcher know a ...
And I suppose it to be a great deal more pleasure also to see a soul fly in Plato , than a shaft flyat the pricks . I grant you , shooting is not the worst thing in the world ; yet if we shoot , and time shoot , we are not like to be ...
... that fights with it ; whereby men learned afterward to imitate the same , in finding out both bow and shafts . ... the Bible of shooting expressly ; and also , if we shall believe Nicholas de Lyra , Lamech killed Cain with a shaft .
The Romans ( as Leo the Emperor in his book of sleights of war telleth ) had a law that every man should use shooting in peace time , while he was forty years old , and that every house should have a bow and forty shafts ready for all F ...
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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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