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London Rising

The Men Who Made Modern London

By Leo Hollis

By the middle of the seventeenth century, London was on the verge of collapse. Its ancient infrastructure could no longer support its explosive growth; the English Civil War had torn society apart; and in 1665 the capital was struck by a plague that claimed 100,000 lives. And then, the following year, the Great Fire destroyed huge swaths of the city. As Leo Hollis recounts in his stirring history of the period, modern London was born out of this crucible. Among the catalysts for this rebirth were five extraordinary men, each deeply influenced by the Civil War, whose intersecting lives form the heart of London Rising: famed philosopher John Locke, whose ideas about the individual would outline a new theory of civil society based on natural rights; diarist John Evelyn, who insightfully chronicled the tumult and transformation before him; the polymathic scientist and architect Robert Hooke; developer Nicholas Barbon, who rebuilt much of the city after the fire; and Christoper Wren, astronomer, geometer, and the greatest English architect of his time, whose reconstruction of St. Paul's Cathedral was the essential symbol of London's rebirth. The city today is in great part the result of the myriad advances in literature, planning, science, and social issues forged by these five. Hollis paints a vibrant portrait of one of the world's greatest cities, and of a generation of men whose impact on London is unmatched.

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2008

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9780802716323


Format: Book
Author: Hollis, Leo
Title: London rising : the men who made modern London / Leo Hollis.
Publisher Date: New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Subject: Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723. St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) -- History -- 17th century. London (England) -- History -- 17th century London (England) -- History -- 17th century -- Biography.
Isbn: 9780802716323 (alk. paper) 0802716326 (alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Hollis, Leo
Title: London rising : the men who made modern London / Leo Hollis.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Description: x, 390 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723.
Subjects: St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) -- History -- 17th century.
Subjects: London (England) -- History -- 17th century
Subjects: London (England) -- History -- 17th century -- Biography.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 360-374) and index.
Contents: The greatest hazard that ever the youth of England saw -- A quiet revolution -- Restoration and renewal -- The two cities -- London was, but is no more -- Measuring the city -- The surveyor-general -- The city of speculation -- Ancient and modern -- Raised in extremes -- Looks like a revolution -- Melting it down and making it anew -- The London revolution -- The phoenix risen -- Endings.
LCCN: 2008000179
ISBN: 9780802716323 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0802716326 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 942.12066 Hol