CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia Trail; Explore His Inspiration

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CS LEWIS Chronicles of Narnia Trail - born in Belfast on 29th November 1898, CS Lewis created the world of Narnia that is loved all around the world. Here we follow his footsteps through Belfast and Northern Ireland seeing what inspired him to create such a wonderful place. We also showcase the new CS Lewis Trail which has been created to commemorate his greatest works (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrNh2d768tM).

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CS Lewis Biography
Born on 29 November 1898 in Belfast, Ireland, to Albert James Lewis and Florence Augusta Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis (widely known as CS Lewis) was a renowned novelist, poet, academic, and literary critic. He received a First in Honour Moderations (Greek and Latin literature) from Oxford University in 1920, a First in Greats (Philosophy and Ancient History) in 1922, and a First in English in 1923.

While he held academic positions at Oxford University, where he taught alongside fellow author J. R. R. Tolkien, and Cambridge University, Lewis is best known for his literary fictional works, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.

CS Lewis' paternal grandfather Richard travelled to Ireland from Wales during the mid-19th century, where the family lived from then on. Lewis had an elder brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis.

He was known to his family and friends as Jack, due to an incident from his childhood where his dog Jacksie died and so Lewis insisted on being named after his late dog, however, he later accepted being named Jack; a name which they continued to call him with for the rest of his life.
When he was seven, Lewis' family moved their new family hom "Little Lea" in the Strandtown area of East Belfast.

During his childhood years, Lewis also developed an avid fondness for reading and grew quite attached to the characters created by Beatrix Potter, which led him to write and illustrate his own animal stories. His imagination was ripe even at a young age, as he, along with his brother, came up with the fantasy world of Boxen, which is inhabited and run by animals.

Lewis attended Wynyard School in Watford, Hertfordshire, in 1908, however, the school was closed not long afterwards due to a lack of pupils. Lewis then attended Campbell College in the east of Belfast, but he left soon after due health issues. Later on, he was sent to a health-resort town, where he attended a preparatory school.

During his time there, Lewis abandoned his childhood Christian faith and became an atheist, after he developed an interest in mythology and the occult. In 1913, Lewis enrolled at Malvern College, where he remained until the following June. After leaving Malvern, he studied privately with William T. Kirkpatrick, his father's old tutor and former headmaster of Lurgan College.

In 1916, Lewis was awarded a scholarship at University College, Oxford. Within months however, he was conscripted to the British Army and shipped to France to fight in WWI. His experience of the horrors of war confirmed his atheism.

First World War
In 1917, Lewis joined the Officers' Training Corps at Oxford and was then drafted into a Cadet Battalion for training. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Third Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry in the British Army. He arrived at the front line in the Somme Valley in France as he turned 19, where he experienced the horrors of trench warfare. In 1918, he was wounded and upon his recovery, he was assigned to duty in Andover, England. He was demobilized in December 1918 and soon restarted his studies.

The Consequences of the War
During his army training, Lewis shared a room with Cadet Edward "Paddy" Moore. Fearing for their families in the event that they should lose their lives, both soldiers agreed that if either died during the war, the survivor would take care of both their families. After Paddy was killed in action in 1918, Lewis kept his promise and looked after his mother, Jane King Moore. The two actually developed a close friendship and Lewis cared for her until her death in 1951.

During his life, Lewis had actually moved in with Mrs. Moore, her daughter Maureen and his brother Warnie into "The Kilns".

The Reverend Tom Honey, vicar of the church Lewis attended outside of Oxford, England, explains, “Lewis and his household welcomed evacuee children to live at his home, The Kilns, during the Second World War. The children were often from poor families, whose homes were in danger from bombs during the London Blitz. He indulged these children, even when his adopted mother, Mrs. Moore, was less inclined to generosity.”

Being one of the most famous writers, Lewis has been remembered since his death, with the books that kept growing as well as the remembrance statues and trail in Northern Ireland done to record his work.

You could check Lewis' inspirational place which is Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdTqJPL-i5Y)

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