So anon he went and made it, and taught it an harper, that hyght Elyot; and when hee could it, hee taught it to many harpers.
Subsequently it is reported in detail by Hall, but with much exaggeration on Elyot's narrative.
In these circumstances Elyot, as he asserts in his preface, supplied the other maxims from different sources.
The king was not offended, as were some of the courtiers, with the freedom displayed by Elyot in some of his ethical works.
When Elyot had finished reading, the king was silent, sunk in thought.
But in this day of weakness Elyot sunk far lower than petitioning for suppressed lands.
Elyot is one of the first translators to approach his task from a new angle.
The earlier translators, Elyot and More, have left small but significant comment on methods.
Elyot was suspected of inclining to Popery, and being adverse to the new order of affairs.
It is plain that Elyot did not venture to handle the political part of his subject as he wished to do.