“Fascinating. . . . An utterly compelling new book. . . . The illustrations, some familiar, many more shown here for the first time, are stunning, though one almost hesitates to say so, as this is so much more than a picture book. . . . This book is what Wren and his family wanted: a lasting monument worthy of the man and of his emblematic building.” —Lisa Jardine, Times (London)
“Every essay is of interest, none is off-puttingly technical, and the book is sumptuously and informatively illustrated.”—Eamon Duffy, Sunday Telegraph
Over 40 scholars and experts provide essays on subjects ranging from liturgy to decoration to social history, all placed in the context of broad historical surveys. These include the wholesale rebuilding of the church after each of the three Great Fires of London, in 962, 1087 and 1666. The last led to the appointment of Sir Christopher Wren as the architect of the St. Paul's that stands today, reputedly the only cathedral designed, built and completed in a single architect's lifetime.
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