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Yea , I say more , and not of myself , but by the judgement of those from whom
few wise men will gladly dissent ; that if ever the nature of man be given at any
time , more than other , to receive goodness , it is in innocency of young years ...
The best and worthiest men indeed be sometimes seen , but seldom talked withal
. A young , gentleman may sometimes kneel to their person , but smally use their
company for their better instruction . But young gentlemen are fain commonly to ...
book advisedly read and diligently followed but one year at home in England ,
would do a young gentleman more good , I wiss , than three years travel abroad
spent in Italy . And I marvel this book is no more read in the court than it is ,
But to come down from great inen and higher matters , to my little children and
poor schoolhouse again ; I will , God willing , go forward orderly , as I purposed ,
to instruct children and young men both for learning and manners . Hitherto I
What toys the daily reading of such a book may work in the will of a young
gentleman , or a young maid , that liveth wealthily and idly , wise men can judge ,
and honest men do pity . And yet ten Morte Arthurs do not the tenth part much
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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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