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... or what success he shall have , when we shall hear of the matter , I trust I shall , either by some private letter from hence , or by present talk at home , fully satisfy you therein . ALBERT MARQUIS OF BRANDENBURGH .
... were at his Majesty's commandment : his Majesty knew how quietly he bore himself always , and therefore his trust was , as he willingly served the Emperor with true obedience , so , he might as freely serve God with right conscience ...
And I trust no man will be miscontent with my general saying , except conscience do prick him of his own private ill - doing . There be commonwealths where freedom in speaking truth hath kept great men from boldness in doing ill ...
... into new mischiefs , betwixt the Emperor and France in Picardy , and also betwixt Duke Maurice and the Marquis in High Germany ; which things , I trust , some other shall mark and describe a great deal better than I am able to do .
Therefore I trust it shall appear to be both a sure token of my zeal to set forward shooting , and some sign of my mind towards honesty and learning . Thus will I trouble your Grace no longer , but with my daily prayer I will beseech ...
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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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