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Herodotus , in describing the mighty host of Xerxes , doth tell , that three great
countries used shafts made of a reed ; the Ethiopians , the Lycians ( whose shafts
lacked feathers , whereat I ' marvel most of all ) , and the men of India . The shafts
And although you smile , Philologus , to hear me tell mine own fondness ; yet ,
seeing you will needs have me teach you somewhat in shooting , I must needs
sometime tell you of mine own experience . And the better I may do so , because
Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth Roger Ascham. Will . Ireland and R. Calibut , in
Easter week , departed from Venice towards England through France . I beshrew
them , they came not this way ; and so tell my good Ireland . And I trust , when he
I would be glad to have a letter from Mr. Dr. Maden , and so tell him . Tell Henry
Stiland , that I am well acquainted with Andreas Vesalius , that noble physician ,
and , as Vahan saith , the best physician in the world , because he gives him ...
I am sorry Mr. Langdale is gone from that college , although he did dissent from
us in religion ; yet we know that God calleth men at divers hours at his pleasure .
Commend me to good Mr. Pember , and tell him I trust he received my letter in ...
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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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