The Narnia Code
Discover the mystery behind the beloved C. S. Lewis series. For over half a century, The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis has captivated countless readers with its enchanting, vividly imagined otherworld reached through the back of...
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Discover the mystery behind the beloved C. S. Lewis series.
For over half a century, The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis has captivated countless readers with its enchanting, vividly imagined otherworld reached through the back of a wardrobe. Yet although the seven stories and their colourful cast of characters have become part of popular consciousness, there remain aspects of them that mystify fans and even scholars.
Drawing on his own groundbreaking doctoral research, Michael Ward takes viewers on an exciting journey into the complex spiritual symbolism and ancient cosmology underpinning the Narnia stories. Like a detective following elusive leads, Ward tracks down the "secret imaginative key" to Lewis' masterpiece - THE NARNIA CODE. Ward's findings reveal fascinating layers
of meaning that will profoundly enrich your experience of Narnia, and deepen your appreciation for C. S. Lewis' literary artistry.
When first broadcast by BBC1 in 2009 as an Easter special, The Narnia Code proved a ratings winner, drawing nearly two million viewers. Now you too can take the journey!
Includes Over 45 Minutes Of Bonus Features:
Hearth and Home
Heart of the Code
C.S. Lewis wrote the Narnia Chronicles over 50 years ago, yet they are more popular today than ever. When they were first published, many critics thought them little more than childish scribbling, replete with random characters and unexplained events. Even Lewis's good friend J.R.R. Tolkien thought them confused and misconceived. Other scholars believed there was something more, something hidden beneath the stories. Although many tried, none could find this secret key to Narnia - until now. Dr Michael Ward, a young academic and expert in all things Lewisian, claims he has found the answers at last: he has discovered the 'Narnia Code'. Using dramatisations of Lewis's early life and career, the programme travels the world, from the Mid-West of modern America to the battlefields of the First World War, meeting experts, testing evidence and uncovering questions and ideas that still challenge readers today.
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.