The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth (Classic Reprint)
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I'r often happens to writers, that they are known only by their works; the incidents of a literary life are sel dom observed, and therefore seldom recounted; but Ascham has escaped the common fate by the friend ship of Edward Graunt, the learned master of West minster school, who devoted an oration to his me, mory, and has marked the various vicissitudes of his' fortune. Graunt either avoided the labour of minute inquiry, or thought domestic occurrences unworthy of his notice; or preferring the character of an orator to that of an historian, selected only such particulars as he could best express, or most happily embellish. His narrative is therefore scanty, and I know not by what materials it can now be amplified.
Roger Ascham was born in the year 1515, at Kir by Wiske, (or Kirby Wicke, ) a village near North allerton in Yorkshire, of a family above the vulgar.
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