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The Phoenix: St. Paul's Cathedral And The Men Who Made Modern London

Leo Hollis

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Prose: non-fiction, British & Irish history

The remarkable and inspiring story of how London was transformed after the Great Fire of 1666 into the most powerful city in the world, and the men who were responsible for that achievement.

'A tour de force of biography, history, politics, philosophy and experimental science' ECONOMIST

'A tour de force of biography, history, politics, philosophy and experimental science' ECONOMIST

The remarkable and inspiring story of how London was transformed after the Great Fire of 1666 into the most powerful city in the world, and the men who were responsible for that achievement.

'Wonderfully rich and informative ... a rare achievement' Tom Holland

'Fascinating' Lucy Moore

'An ingenious and fluent overview of extraordinary men at an extraordinary moment, with St Paul's standing as its symbolic heart' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Opening in the 1640s, as the city was gripped in tumult leading up to the English Civil War, THE PHOENIX charts the lives and works of five extraordinary men, who would grow up in the chaos of a world turned upside down: the architect, Sir Christopher Wren; gardener and virtuosi, John Evelyn; the scientist, Robert Hooke; the radical philosopher, John Locke and the builder, Nicholas Barbon.

At the heart of the story is the rebuilding of London's iconic cathedral, St Paul's. Interweaving science, architecture, history and philosophy, THE PHOENIX tells the story of the formation of the first modern city.

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Praise for The Phoenix: St. Paul's Cathedral And The Men Who Made Modern London

  • A wonderfully rich and informative book. To present deep scholarship so accessibly and with such fluency is a rare achievement - Tom Holland

  • An ingenious and fluent overview of extraordinary men at an extraordinary moment, with St Paul's standing as its symbolic heart - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • Hollis is a historian with a novelist's eye for dramatic detail, and an infectious affection for both his subject and his five men. THE PHOENIX is an extremely entertaining work of popular history - CATHOLIC HERALD

  • His book is a tour de force of biography, history, politics, philosophy and experimental science - ECONOMIST

  • A fascinating book - DAILY MAIL

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Leo Hollis

Leo Hollis was educated at Stonyhurst College and read history at UEA. He is the author of books on London and Paris, and works in publishing. He lives with his wife and children in London.

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