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HOOKER, RICHARD (1554? -1600), theologian; nephew of John Hooker; admitted at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, by influence of Bishop Jewel; scholar, 1573; M.A. and fellow, 1577; deputy Hebrew professor, 1579; intimate at Oxford with (Sir) Edwin Sandys and George Cranmer; incumbent of Drayton-Beauchamp, 1584-6; master of the Temple, 1585; rector of Boscombe, Wiltshire, and (1595-1600) of Š’ishopsbourne, Kent, where the inscription on bis monument first calls him 'Judicious.' Five books (four books, 1594, fifth book, 1697) of 'The Laws of Ecclesiasticall Politie' appeared in his lifetime, the so-called sixth and the eighth in 1648. The seventh was first included in Gauden's edition, 1662. The sixth book is demonstrably spurious. The whole was reissued, with life by Izaak Walton, 1666, and frequently re-edited. It was attacked by the puritans in 'A Christian Letter to certaine English Protestants' (1599) and defended by William Covell, admired by James I and Charles I, and praised for its style by Falier and Swift. Other works by Hooker were issued at Oxford, 1613.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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