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By Robert Boenig

In C. S. Lewis and the center a long time, medievalist Robert Boenig explores Lewis’s own engagement with medieval literature and tradition and argues convincingly that medieval modes of creativity had a profound impression on Lewis’s inventive fiction.

The heart a long time affected Lewis in numerous methods. Early in his lifestyles he discovered medieval narrative compelling, sharing his love for it with others and primary experiencing the serious non secular longing he termed “joy” via his engagement with it. He went directly to construct a profitable profession as a student who was once, as he placed it, “chiefly a medievalist.” His artistic writing not just conjures up the center a while but additionally adapts the medieval means of appropriating and changing earlier texts as a method of producing new tales. knowing Lewis’s artistic appropriation of prior resources is key for an entire evaluate of his success as an artistic writer.

For Lewis, the medieval was once especially a spot the place he encountered the religious. It used to be during the medieval in its mode of Norse myths, quite these concerning the Norse god Balder, that he skilled “joy.” He thrilled in searching this pleasure via medieval books, like these of Malory or Chaucer, and likewise via extra smooth works that evoke the center a while, corresponding to the prose romances of William Morris. one of the works of devotion and spirituality that Lewis always learn towards the tip of his existence have been the medieval classics The Imitation of Christ by means of Thomas à Kempis and Revelations of Divine Love by means of Julian of Norwich. The medieval for Lewis was once a spot the place he could—and did—encounter God.

Using Lewis’s inner most correspondence, scholarly books and articles, and artistic writing, Boenig charts Lewis’s involvement with all issues medieval, demonstrating the significance of the center a long time in any evaluate of Lewis’s literary achievements.

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