The Last Battle book


The Last Battle
 is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by The Bodley Head in 1956. It was the seventh and final novel in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956). Like the others it was illustrated by Pauline Baynes and her work has been retained in many later editions.

The Last Battle is set almost entirely in the Narnia world and the English children who participate arrive only in the middle of the narrative. The novel is set some 200 Narnian years after The Silver Chair and about 2500 years (and 49 Earth years) since the creation of the world narrated in The Magician’s Nephew. A false Aslan is set up in the north-western borderlands and conflict between true and false Narnians merges with that between Narnia and Calormen, whose people worship Tash. It concludes with termination of the world by Aslan, after a “last battle” that is practically lost.

Macmillan US published an American edition within the calendar year.

Lewis and The Last Battle won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book by a British subject. The author wrote to illustrator Baynes, “is it not rather ‘our’ medal? I’m sure the illustrations were taken into account as well as the text.”

LIST OF CONTENT

CHAPTER ONE: BY CALDRON POOL

CHAPTER TWO: THE RASHNESS OF THE KING

CHAPTER THREE: THE APE IN ITS GLORY

CHAPTER FOUR: WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT

CHAPTER FIVE: HOW HELP CAME TO THE KING

CHAPTER SIX: A GOOD NIGHT’S WORK

CHAPTER SEVEN: MAINLY ABOUT DWARFS

CHAPTER EIGHT: WHAT NEWS THE EAGLE BROUGHT

CHAPTER NINE: THE GREAT MEETING ON STABLE HILL

CHAPTER TEN: WHO WILL GO INTO THE STABLE?

CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE PACE QUICKENS

CHAPTER TWELVE: THROUGH THE STABLE DOOR

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: HOW THE DWARFS REFUSED TO BE TAKEN IN

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: NIGHT FALLS ON NARNIA

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: FURTHER UP AND FURTHER IN

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: FAREWELL TO SHADOWLANDS

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