The Discarded Image

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The Discarded Image
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1st edition cover
Author C. S. Lewis
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Literary criticism
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
Media type hard & paperback
Pages 242

The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature is non-fiction and the last book written by C. S. Lewis. Multilayered, it is on one level a work that deals with medieval cosmology and the Ptolemaic universe, the "model" of the world used by the medievals – "the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organization of their theology, science and history into a single, complex, harmonious mental model of the universe."[1]


The central themes of the book include the structure of the medieval universe, the nature of its inhabitants, the notion of a finite universe, ordered and maintained by a celestial hierarchy, and the ideas of nature. At the same time, Lewis takes his reader on a tour of some of the pinnacles of medieval thought (some of them inherited from Classical Paganism) that have survived into the modern cultural and theological landscape.

Selected reviews[edit]

Several reviews of the book were positive, for example,

  • "Wise, illuminating, companionable, it may well come to be seen as Lewis’s best book." The Observer[1]
  • "the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Clive Staples (1995), The Discarded Image, Cambridge University Press, back cover .


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