The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens

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Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewis’s 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 key―the “secret code”―to 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 cosmology―Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturn―planets 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 Lewis’s 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.

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Unlock the secret to Narnia that has mystified readers for over half a century . . .
Millions of people have been captivated by C. S. Lewis’s classic Chronicles of Narnia―but some questions have never been successfully answered. Why are there seven books? Why are only three of them obvious biblical allegories? Does the series lack coherence, as Lewis’s critics (and even some of his friends) claimed? Many have attempted to discover the organizing key― the “secret code”―of the series, but the structure of Narnia’s symbolism has remained a mystery.
Until now.
In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward presents an astonishing literary discovery. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis’s writings, Ward reveals the single subject that provides the link between all seven novels. He explains how Lewis structured the series, why he kept the code secret, and what it shows about his understanding of the universe and the Christian faith.
Originally published as the groundbreaking scholarly work Planet Narnia, this accessible adaptation holds the key to reading the Chronicles and understanding Lewis in a whole new way.

About the Author:

Michael Ward (PhD., University of St Andrews) is a leading expert on the works of C.S. Lewis, is Chaplain of St Peter's College, Oxford, and Associate Editor of Davey's Daily Poetry He is the author of The Narnia Code: C S Lewis And The Secret Of The Seven Heavens; Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis and co-editor of Heresies and How to Avoid Them and The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis An Anglican clergyman, he served as Chaplain of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge from 2004 to 2007. Between 1996 and 1999 he was Warden of The Kilns, Lewis's Oxford home. Dr Ward's chief claim to fame is that he handed a pair of X-ray spectacles to James Bond in the movie The World Is Not Enough. See the clip on YouTube. Here he is next to 007 and Q: - Editorial Review.

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