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Who was Robert Hooke's niece?

Who was Robert Hooke's niece and what do we know about her? When did Robert Hooke start writing a diary? And what does this tell us about their relationship? What happened to Grace Hooke?

Grace Hook was the daughter of grocer John Hooke and his wife Elizabeth. She was baptised May 2, 1660, in Newport Parish Church. She grew up in a large large estate on Newport High Street. On October 16, 1668, her father, John Hooke (Robert Hooke’s brother), became mayor of Newport. In the 1670s, John Hooke began borrowing money from his brother Robert. Robert was not a big spender of money and was prudent about his own money, kept accounts of his brother’s debts. Around this time, John sent his daughter Grace Hook to live with her uncle Robert Hooke in London. The reason is not specified. Did he hope that his brother would provide Grace with a rich and authoritative man and that London would be the best pool for such a man?Or did he want to minimize his own household expenses?

When did Robert Hooke start writing a diary?

While Grace lives in London, John regularly sends stocks of products such as geese, hares, birds, grapes and local honey, as well as periodic cash payments for food and housing and Grace’s pocket money. Robert taught her bookbinding, and they walked the fields north of the Murfields together or traveled the Thames. ,

By the time Robert Hooke began his diary in 1672, Grace was already living with him. In 1676, Robert became close to his niece Grace. On June 4, he wrote in his diary, “slept with Grace.” More recordings of this nature were made during this and the following year. But by December 13, 1676, Hook wrote: “Grace is behind. I decided to get rid of her . In 1679, Grace contracted smallpox and still lived with her uncle.

The action of Robert J. Lloyd’s book “Bloodless Boy” takes place at a time when Grace lives with Robert Hooke. So I asked:

What do we know about Grace Hook?

Grace Hook was the daughter of his brother John. She came from the Isle of Wight and stayed with him. They seem to have had a physical relationship. Thus, according to the laws of incest, this was in fact a felony. She moved to Hook’s apartment in Gresham … She doesn’t say what exactly happened. Apparently, it was kept a secret. It only appears in Hooke’s diary … It’s a strange relationship. It was a very loving relationship. Hook had a physical relationship with most of the women who worked for him, including Nell Young. If you look at Hooke’s diary, Mary Robinson is an exception. Mary Robinson becomes the main character of my book.Hook has abbreviations to describe his orgasms in his diary, which was pretty funny when they came out. He simply used the sign of Pisces, but how he reached Pisces is open to imagination. On the one hand, he had a very crooked back, so it must have been problematic. How Pisces was achieved, we will never know.

What happened to Grace Hook?

Grace lived with her uncle Robert Hooke as his housekeeper and companion until her death in 1687 at the age of 27. I couldn’t confirm where Grace was buried. You can hear more about Robert Hooke in the 70th episode of our History of London podcast. Listen now

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