Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis

Paperback | April 22, 2010

byMichael Ward

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Hailed as "an outstanding guide not only to Narnia, but also to Lewis's thinking as a whole" by Books and Culture and as "absorbing...serious...rich...a brilliant work to be savored, read often and kept at hand when re-reading Lewis's novels" by The Catholic Register, this superb book arguesconvincingly that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated C.S. Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to understanding the seven Narnia novels. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles), Ward shows that theNarnia stories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets - the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn - planets which Lewis described as "spiritual symbols of permanent value" and "especially worthwhile in our own generation." Using these sevensymbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that the story-line in each book, countless points of ornamental detail, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality.

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Hailed as "an outstanding guide not only to Narnia, but also to Lewis's thinking as a whole" by Books and Culture and as "absorbing...serious...rich...a brilliant work to be savored, read often and kept at hand when re-reading Lewis's novels" by The Catholic Register, this superb book arguesconvincingly that medieval cosmology, a subje...

Michael Ward is an Anglican priest and Chaplain of Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019973870X

ISBN - 13:9780199738700

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Table of Contents

1. Silence2. The Planets3. Jupiter4. Mars5. Sol6. Luna7. Mercury8. Venus9. Saturn10. Primum Mobile11. The Music of the Spheres12. CodaBibliographyGeneral IndexBiblical Index