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The Tudor writer Roger Ascham (c.1514 1568) was royal tutor to
Princess Elizabeth. Ascham is best known for his works Toxophilus
(1545) and The Scholemaster (1570) which were edited, together with
his Report of the Affairs and State of Germany (1570), by the
renowned literary scholar William Aldis Wright (1831 1914) and
published in 1904 as part of the Cambridge English Classics series.
Toxophilus, a Ciceronian dialogue between Philologus (the lover of
study) and Toxophilus (the lover of the bow), articulates the
importance of physical training to a gentleman's education. The
Scholemaster, which was published posthumously, consists of two
books. The first describes the character and teaching methods of
the ideal tutor and the second advocates teaching languages by
double translation. Ascham's English prose came to be seen as a
model for how classical principles of form and organisation could
be applied to the vernacular.
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