Real-Life Narnia Inspired Lewis

Posted May 25, 2009 11:48 am by fantasia_kitty

From ANSA.it: An Umbrian hill-town is celebrating after finally receiving ’proof’ that it provided Irish author C. S. Lewis with the inspiration for his classic children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis’s former personal secretary and biographer, Walter Hooper, has now given local author Giuseppe Fortunati a copy of a Latin atlas of Italy that belonged to Lewis in which he had underlined Narnia. “Lewis was passionate about Roman history and in the atlas he traced the routes of the armies, highlighting the Flaminia (Roman road) and Narnia in particular,” said Fortunati, who has written a book exploring the connections between real-life Narni and the mythical realm of Narnia. “Hooper said Lewis told him he had been inspired by it for his Chronicles.” Read the full story here. Thanks to Lucy P. for the heads up!