By Colin Duriez
Even if this is often your first stopover at to C S Lewis's marvelous fable global otherwise you were there again and again, you want to deliver alongside this convenient better half to the panorama and population of Narnia, together with an A to Z advisor to its characters, locations, gadgets, and events.
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No, Peter, I’m not,’ she said. ‘It’s – it’s a magic wardrobe. ’ The Lewis family was Church of Ireland (Anglican) and worshipped at nearby St Mark’s, Dundela, where Lewis had been baptised as an infant. Flora Lewis’s father, Thomas Hamilton, was rector of the church, and tears came easily to his eyes as he preached. He and his aristocratic, clever wife lived in a cat-ridden rectory, which was rank with feline stench. In contrast to her husband’s shuttered views, Mary Hamilton happily employed Roman Catholic servants and supported Home Rule for Ireland.
It had been hand carved and built by their grandfather, Richard Lewis. The wardrobe made a den into which the children climbed. In the dark they would listen silently ‘while Jacks told us his tales of adventure’. Coloured by Lewis’s later discovery of wardrobes as portals to other worlds in George MacDonald and E. Nesbit, this became the inspiration for Professor Kirke’s wardrobe, which provided a gateway into Narnia. ‘[L ucy’s] not being silly at all,’ ‘[ said peter, ‘she’s just making up a story for fun, aren’t you, Lu?
S. Lewis as a household name for communicating Christian faith in a popular style. He made righteousness readable, as one reviewer put it, with his The Screwtape Letters, The Problem of Pain, The Great Divorce, Miracles and slim booklets of his enormously successful broadcast talks on BBC radio (gathered together later as Mere Christianity). Lewis knew that his close friend, Tolkien, disapproved of his lay theologising – he thought it should be left to the experts. Lewis also sensed that the deepest person within him – what he dubbed ‘the imaginative man’ – was only partly engaged.