Gilbert Howard

I am an architect. I am redesigning the City of London by the consent of the people with money, whose views are imperative. My predecessor, Sir Christopher Wren, had a similar brief and similar constraints. Mammon is not a new god.

There have been other architects in the three centuries that separate me from Sir Christopher, but none who have been so perfectly placed to profit from the accidents of nature. When the Great Fire destroyed so much of London in 1666, it took with it the last vestiges of the Middle Ages and the worst excesses of Elizabeth.

Transfigured Night
The Man with the Dagger