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Portrait of Sir Thomas Elyot.
1532-33. Chalk, pen and brush on paper. Royal Collection, Windsor, UK. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Sir Thomas Elyot
was a member of Sir Thomas More’s circle and praised him in his great treatise on education the Governor
, (1531). After More’s execution, however, he reneged, asking Cromwell to forget the erstwhile friendship. The Governor
experienced influence up to and throughout Elisabeth’s I reign. The book is thought to have been instrumental in determining the reformers to set up a tier of academies – the King Edward VI
grammar schools – in the early 1550s