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A * bracer serveth for two causes , one to save his arm from the stripe of the string
, and his doublet from wearing ; and the other is , that the string gliding , sharply
and quickly off the bracer , may make the sharper shot . * For if the string should ...
A new glove plucks many shoots , because the string goeth not freely off ; and
therefore the fingers must be cut short , and trimmed with some ointment , that the
string may glide well away : Some with holding in the nock of their shaft hard , rub
Eustathius , upon this verse of Homer , * Twang the bow , and twang the string ,
out quickly the shaft flew , doth tell , that in old time , they made their bow - strings
of bullocks ' † thermes , which they twined together as they do ropes ; and ...
The little bend hath but one commodity , which is in shooting faster , and farther
shot , and the cause thereof is , because the string hath so far a passage or it part
with the shaft . The great bend hath many commodities ; for it maketh easier ...
A shooter chanceth to break his bow commonly four ways ; by the string , by the
shaft , by drawing too far , and by frets . By the string , as I said before , when the
string is either too short , too long , not surely put on , with one wap , or just ...
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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
No preview available - 2020