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…thyncke themselves to have somuch understanding, and their Country to yealde somuch sweetenes, fruitfullness and such monuments of arts and fabricks, as they seldome or never travaile into forayne Kingdomes, but driven by some necessity ether to followe the warrs or to traffique abroade: this opinion that Italy doth afforde what can be seene or knowne in the world, makes them only have homebred wisdome and the prowde conceete of their owne witts…

Fynes Moryson, Itinerary