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As concerning the other part of your letter — for your wish to have been with me in this mine absence from my country ; and for your request , to be made partaker by my letters of the stir of these times here in Germany ; -surely I ...
But the Pope's care was neither of money nor men , so that he might set the two princes surely together . And therefore he was not only content ( as a man might say ) to hazard Parma on the main chance ; but , to make the two princes ...
So we see that Princes not in gathering much money , nor in bearing overgreat swing , but in keeping of friends and good laws , live most merely , and reign most surely ; but such as gape always for other men's goods , commonly never ...
He hath so fully banished Papistry , and so surely established the doctrine of the Gospel in Prussia , as no where hitherto in Germany is more diligently done ; he loveth learning and honoureth learned men ; anno 1544 he founded a new ...
... surely there was some great cause that could stir up so great a strife ; and that was , as wise men and well willing on Duke Maurice's side , in mine opinion , have truly judged , the foul vice of ambition .
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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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