His invention so fertile : a life of Christopher Wren

  • Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2001
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1 online resource (480 p.)
  • 1-280-53235-1
  • 0-19-534875-3
  • 1-60256-468-X
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-431) and index.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
  • Original electronic resource. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • English
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Ebrary eBook
  • Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Introduction; 1 The Beauty of Holiness; 2 I Will Perform as Much as I Am Able; 3 The Theory and Practice of Physick; 4 The Natural Simplicity of the Contrivance; 5 The Key That Opens Treasures; 6 An Ingenious Gentleman; 7 The Most Esteem'd Fabricks of Paris; 8 A Well-Projected Design; 9 Something of a Better Mould; 10 The Honour of the Nation; 11 Our Reformed Religion; 12 The Most Essential Part of Architecture; 13 The Trade I Was Once Well Acquainted With; 14 Free Conversation; 15 Virtues and Accomplishments; 16 The Poor Old Man; 17 My Great Work
  • 18 An Ornament to the AgeNotes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
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  • In His Invention So Fertile, Adrian Tinniswood offers the first biography of Christopher Wren in a generation. It is a book that reveals the full depth of Wren's multifaceted genius, not only as one of the greatest architects who ever lived--the designer of St. Paul's Cathedral--but as an influential seventeenth-century scientist. Tinniswood writes with insight and flair as he follows Wren from Wadham College, Oxford, through the turmoil of the English Civil War, to his role in helping to found the Royal Society--the intellectual and scientific heart of seventeenth-century England. The reader