Mr Barry's War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the Great Fire of 1834

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When the brilliant classical architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new, Gothic, Houses of Parliament in London he thought it was the chance of a lifetime. It swiftly turned into the most nightmarish building programme of the century. From the beginning, its design, construction and decoration were a battlefield. The practical and political forces ranged against him were immense.

The new Palace of Westminster had to be built on acres of unstable quicksand, while the Lords and Commons carried on their work as usual. Its river frontage, a quarter of a mile long, needed to be constructed in the treacherous currents of the Thames. Its towers were so gigantic they required feats of civil engineering and building technology never used before. And the interior demanded spectacular new Gothic features not seen since the middle ages.

Rallying the genius of his collaborator Pugin; flanking the mad schemes of a host of crackpot inventors, ignorant busybodies, and hostile politicians; attacking strikes, sewag, e and cholera; charging forward three times over budget and massively behind schedule, it took twenty-five years for Barry to achieve victory with his "Great Work" in the face of overwhelming odds, and at great personal cost.

Mr Barry's War takes up where its prize-winning prequel The Day Parliament Burned Down left off, telling the story of how the greatest building programme in Britain for centuries produced the world's most famous secular cathedral to democracy.

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ISBN-13: 9780198707196
ISBN-10: 0198707193
Pagini: 304
Ilustrații: 42 black & white illustrations, 8pp colour plate section
Dimensiuni: 168 x 236 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


A very worthwhile addition to the bookshelves of aficionados of Victorian design and architecture.
a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful, just like the Palace of Westminster it describes.
vividly written ... an authoritative and lively account of the political and artistic machinations involved in the creation of one of the capital's most familiar landmarks.
not only a fascinating read but a timely one, too
If Shenton's first book was like a grotesque Gothic novel, this is an epic, with a hero at its heart.
Shenton seeks [...] to correct the historical record and succeeds definitively
This is a wonderful tale, brilliantly told. I shan't ever look at the Houses of Parliament quite the same again and can't wait to visit soon with new knowledge from this exceptional book.
Shenton brilliantly outlines how from conception to completion, the design and construction of the new Palace of Westminster were a fearsome battleground ... [Parliamentary] colleagues who want to consider the current options and challenges should read Caroline Shenton's Mr Barry's War.

Notă biografică

Caroline Shenton was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster from 2008 to 2014, and prior to that was a senior archivist at Parliament and The National Archives at Kew. Her first book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013. It was also shortlisted for a number of other prizes, including the Longman-History Today Prize, and was a Book of the Year for the Daily Telegraph, NewStatesman, Daily Mail, and Herald Scotland. This is its sequel.