Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C S Lewis
Hailed as "an outstanding guide not only toNarnia, but also to Lewis's thinking as a whole" byBooks 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"...
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Hailed as "an outstanding guide not only toNarnia, but also to Lewis's thinking as a whole" byBooks and Cultureand as "absorbing...serious...rich...a brilliant work to be savored, read often and kept at hand when re-reading Lewis's novels" byThe Catholic Register, this superb book argues convincingly that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated C.S. Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to understanding the sevenNarnianovels. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of theChronicles), Ward shows that theNarniastories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets--the Sun, the Moon, Mars,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 seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed theChroniclesso 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.
Michael Ward was born in Cuckfield, Sussex, England. He is Senior Research Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas. He has loved the Narnia Chronicles since he was a boy.
He first wrote about C.S. Lewis while working for his English degree at the University of Oxford. He lived at Lewis' former home in Oxford, The Kilns, as resident warden for three years (1996-1999), sleeping in the late professor's old bedroom and studying in his study. He appeared in Shadowlands, the film about Lewis' marriage and bereavement. He did his PhD at the University of St. Andrews, and his dissertation was published as Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008). The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) commissioned and broadcast a television documentary about Planet Narnia called The Narnia Code in 2009.
Dr. Ward has written numerous scholarly articles on C.S. Lewis and has lectured around the world on his life and work. He is also the coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (2010) and Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe (2007).
On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis' death, Dr Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.
- :prefacechapter One - Silencechapter Two - The Planetschapter Three - Jupiterchapter Four - Marschapter Five - Solchapter Six - Lunachapter Seven - Mercurychapter Eight - Venuschapter Nine - Saturnchapter Ten - Primum Mobilechapter Eleven - The Music Of The Sphereschapter Twelve - Codalist Of Abbreviationsnotesbibliographygeneral Indexbiblical Index