Hooper speaks of himself at this period as being "a courtier and living too much of a court life in the palace of our king."
The ascription to Sir Francis of Arcana Aulica: or Walsingham's Manual of Prudential Maxims for the Statesman and the Courtier is erroneous; the book is really the translation of a French treatise by one Edward Walsingham who flourished c. 1643-1659.
At the inquiry he bought his acquittal from a courtier and his accusers were executed.
He would make that foxy old courtier feel that the responsibility for all the calamities that would follow the abandonment of the city and the ruin of Russia (as Rostopchin regarded it) would fall upon his doting old head.
The type is set before us by Castiglione in that book upon the courtier which went the round of Europe in the 16th century.