For decades, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key to C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Here noted expert Ward proposes that each story embodies and expresses the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology, which Lewis described as "spiritual symbols of permanent value." An accessible adaptation of Planet Narnia. 224 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewiss famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why? What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing? For more than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing keythe secret codeto the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery. Until now.
In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward takes the reader through each of the seven Narnia books and reveals how each story embodies and expresses the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmologyJupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturnplanets which Lewis described as spiritual symbols of permanent value.
How does medieval cosmology relate to the Christian underpinnings of the series? How did it impact Lewiss depiction of Aslan, the Christlike character at the heart of the books? And why did Lewis keep this planetary inspiration a secret? Originally a ground-breaking scholarly work called Planet Narnia, this more accessible adaptation will answer all the questions.
Rev. Dr. Michael Ward holds a doctorate in divinity from the University of St. Andrews; an MA in Theology from Cambridge University; and an MA in English from Oxford University. He is a minister in the Church of England, Chaplain of St. Peter's College, Oxford, and lectures on Lewis and associate subjects all over the world. In the U.S., Ward has spoken at Notre Dame, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. He lives in Oxford, England.
Michael Ward has established himself not only as the foremost living Lewis scholar, but also as a brilliant writer.