Roger Ascham: Quotes
"To laugh, to lie, to flatter, to face:
Four ways in court to win man's grace."
"Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty."
"By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering."
"It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience."
"Mark all mathematical heads which be wholly and only bent
on these sciences, how solitary they be themselves, how
unfit to live with others, how unapt to serve the world."
"Chide not [the pupil] hastily; for that shall both dull his wit,
and discourage his diligence; but [ad]monish him gently;
which shall make him both willing to amend and glad
to go forward in love and hope of learning."
"Let the master praise him, and say, "Here ye do well."
For, I assure you, there is no such whetstone to sharpen
a good wit, and encourage a will to learning, as is praise."
"In mine opinion, love is fitter than fear, gentleness better
than beating, to bring up a child rightly in learning."
"Young children were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating,
to attain good learning."
- Preface to the Scholemaster
"The least learned, for the most part, have been always most ready to write."
"In our fathers' time nothing was read but books of feigned chivalry,
wherein a man by reading should be led to none other end, but only
to manslaughter and bawdry."
"He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel
to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do: and so should
every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him."
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Persons of Interest
Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536
The Babington Plot, 1586
The Spanish Armada, 1588
English Renaissance Drama
Images of London:
London in the time of Henry VII. MS. Roy. 16 F. ii.
London, 1510, the earliest view in print
Map of England from Saxton's Descriptio Angliae, 1579
Location Map of Elizabethan London
Plan of the Bankside, Southwark, in Shakespeare's time
Detail of Norden's Map of the Bankside, 1593
Bull and Bear Baiting Rings from the Agas Map (1569-1590, pub. 1631)
Sketch of the Swan Theatre, c. 1596
Westminster in the Seventeenth Century, by Hollar
Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616. COLOR