Roger Ascham

English scholar and didactic writer (1515-1568)

Roger Ascham (c. 1515December 23, 1568) was an English humanist scholar and a writer on education and archery. He is remembered as an advocate of plain English in literary works, and as the tutor of Princess Elizabeth.

Roger Ascham


  • Aristotle him selfe sayeth, that medicines be no meate to lyue withall.
    • Toxophilus (1545), p. 50
  • There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
    • The Schoolmaster (1570), p. 1

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