FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
His Invention So Fertile:... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren Paperback – 2 May 2002

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£12.50
£12.50 £0.39
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£12.50 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover


Frequently bought together

  • His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren
  • +
  • By Permission Of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London
Total price: £23.49
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; First Edition edition (2 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712673644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712673648
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Amazon Review

In his biography His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren Adrian Tinniswood offers a sweeping account of Sir Christopher Wren, allegedly the greatest architect England ever produced. Wren's long life spanned the English and Scientific Revolutions, the Restoration of the monarchy in 1688, the Great Fire of London and the creation of the most enduring of all London monuments, St Paul's Cathedral. As Tinniswood points out, Wren was a key player in all these events, "a man who made ground-breaking discoveries in optics, astronomy, anatomy, mathematics; a man who combined his scientific interests with an architectural career spanning six reigns and nearly six decades; the arbiter of architectural taste to generations of designers and courtiers". Tinniswood tries to put the man back into the genius, despite conceding that "we need to appreciate that Wren's work was his life". The domestic details of Wren's complex private life are carefully detailed, but Tinniswood often seems overawed by his hero, especially when trying to come to grips with the finer points of Wren's mathematical achievements and his extraordinary architectural output, which require a more scholarly grasp than Tinniswood is able to provide. Concluding that no one "has ever possessed as much vision as Christopher Wren", some may feel that Tinniswood himself has identified, but ultimately failed to capture the precise nature of this remarkable vision. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"This lively, sympathetic and hugely informative biography brings us closer to Wren than ever before" (Frances Spalding Independent)

"Cleanly written, diligently researched and powered by an engrossing passion for its subject" (Andrew Motion Financial Times)

"Adrian Tinniswood is undaunted by the breadth of Wren's career and has written a fine, well-balanced biography" (Michael Prodger Sunday Telegraph)

"Lively, knowledgeable, affectionate...[a] fine biography" (Jenny Uglow Sunday Times)

"This work is by no means a conventional architectural history. But then Christopher Wren was by no means a conventional architect" (Peter J.M. Wayne Spectator)

See all Product description


Customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
1
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 6 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on 15 December 2001
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 13 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 20 August 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 31 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 February 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 28 January 2012
Format: Paperback
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: presents for engineers

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?