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On a grander scale : the outstanding life of Sir Christopher Wren

Author: Lisa Jardine
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Through the prism of the tumultuous life and brilliant intellect of Sir Christopher Wren, the multitalented architect of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, historian Lisa Jardine unfolds the emerging new world of late-seventeenth-century science and ideas." "The man behind the bold, imposing beauty of Saint Paul's was as remarkable as the monuments he has left us. Wren was a versatile genius who could have pursued a
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Christopher Wren, Sir; Christopher Wren, Sir; Christopher Wren
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Jardine
ISBN: 0060199741 9780060199746
OCLC Number: 50494846
Description: xviii, 600 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Loyal sons of delinquent fathers --
Precocious students at invisible colleges --
Making the most of one's talents --
Preferred routes to success --
Connected in companies --
Overlapping interests --
Standing the test of time --
Ambitious to leave great monuments.
Responsibility: Lisa Jardine.
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"Through the prism of the tumultuous life and brilliant intellect of Sir Christopher Wren, the multitalented architect of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, historian Lisa Jardine unfolds the emerging new world of late-seventeenth-century science and ideas." "The man behind the bold, imposing beauty of Saint Paul's was as remarkable as the monuments he has left us. Wren was a versatile genius who could have pursued a number of brilliant careers with equal virtuosity. A mathematical prodigy, an accomplished astronomer, a skillful anatomist, and a founder of the Royal Society, he eventually made a career in what he described disparagingly in later life as "Rubbish"--Architecture, and the design and construction of public buildings."

"Beyond the public achievements, Jardine explores Wren's personal motivations and passions. He was a sincere, intensely moral man with a remarkable capacity for friendship. His career was shaped by lasting associations forged during a turbulent boyhood and a lifelong loyalty to the memory of his father's master and benefactor, the "martyred king," Charles I."--Jacket.

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