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Sir Christopher Wren: A Biography

by Harold F. Hutchison

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I would have loved to live in Europe during the seventeenth century: as long as I came from money, of course!

Sir Christopher was trained as an astronomer, made his living as such for several years and then, became an architect. I am in awe of the way these chaps chopped and changed their focus during their career. This is so different from today when one specialises from an early age. Can one seriously imagine the reaction were an astronomer to suggest the design for a major building today? And yet, if we had dismissed Wren, we would have lost the delights of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Paul's Cathedral. These people did not know their limits and, because of this, seemed to have none.

This book does not exactly flow, but it does ooze a love of its subject for which, I can forgive it any small faults of style. ( )
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