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 (ăs′kəm), Roger 1515-1568.
English scholar who as Latin secretary to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I advocated the use of the vernacular in literature.


(Biography) Roger. ?1515–68, English humanist writer and classical scholar: tutor to Queen Elizabeth I


(ˈæs kəm)

Roger, 1515–68, English scholar and writer: tutor of Queen Elizabeth I.
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By experience," says Roger Ascham, "we find out a short way by a long wandering.
Based in Gosforth, the school was established through a merger of two long established boys' schools - Ascham House and Newlands.
In chapter 1 Dickson reviews principal early theories of imitation, with particular attention to Aristotle and Quintilian and to Thomas Wilson, Roger Ascham, and Sir Philip Sidney.
One need only glance at the educational or rhetorical works of an Eliot, Ascham, or Puttenham to appreciate the value placed on linguistic diversity, and the pages of university wits like Nashe, Harvey, and Greene are awash with interlineated wisdom from a variety of languages, from the classical to the contemporary.
The result is a wide range of vocabularies of skill that are at once tantalizingly precise and maddeningly vague: Roger Ascham describes skilled action as the art of "comeliness"; Thomas Hoby uses the term "lightsomeness" to capture the ready and adept stance of the skilled swordsman or thrower; Hamlet asks the First Player for a "taste" of his "quality," and the "Excellent Actor" is said to add "grace" to the poet's labors.
Pedagogues such as Montaigne and Ascham advocated two antithetical models of education.
In the case particularly of the Morte, he does seek to enunciate a reception history that demonstrates how anti-Catholic sentiments led some readers, such as Roger Ascham and Nathaniel Baxter, to denigrate the poems "mystical Eucharistic symbolism" (121).
Both Stoker and Berry reference a letter written by one of Elizabeth's tutors - a Roger Ascham - who wrote to a Rector at the Protestant University in Strasbourg: "The constitution of her mind is exempt from female weakness, and she is endued with a masculine power of application.
The first technical treatise to be written in the English language, rather than Latin, was Toxophilus by Roger Ascham (pronounced Ask-am) in 1544.
I worked at Ascham (a girl's school in Sydney) and he was coming once a week to conduct our Senior Choir.
Her clever cousin, Jane Grey, who studied with her under the tutor, Ascham, has lost her head.
Roger Ascham, to take one important Elizabethan pedagogue and writer featured in Redmond's fine analyses, warned of how "subtle and secret papists at home procured bawdy books to be translated out of the Italian tongue, whereby over many young will and wits, allured to wantonness, so now boldly contemn all severe books that sound to honesty and godliness" (Ascham quoted by Redmond 2009, 30).