The Magical World of the Inklings

jUDGEMENT AT CHELMSFORD Much of the dramatic work of Charles Williams was written for church groups, and partakes to a greater or lesser extent of the form of the pageant. This is an art form in which there can be very much more than ...

Author: Gareth Knight

Publisher: Skylight Press

ISBN: 9781908011015

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 303

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The works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield have had a profound impact on the contemporary world. The Magical World of the Inklings reveals how each of these writers created a 'magical world' which initiates the reader into hidden and powerful realms of the creative imagination.

Images of the City

THE CITY IN CHARLES WILLIAMS'S JUDGEMENTAT CHELMSFORD ANDRZEJ SàAWOMIR KOWALCZYK A member of the Inklings and one of ... in the case of plays such as Judgement at Chelmsford (1939), commissioned for a particular ecclesiastical occasion, ...

Author: Agnieszka Rasmus

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443804608

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 370

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Images of the City takes the reader on a fascinating journey through urban landscapes across centuries, literary periods, media, genres and borders. 27 essays gathered from Poland, UK, Romania, Italy, Hungary, and Portugal by researchers representing different academic environments and fields of speciality offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective on the issue of understanding, representing, and interpreting the city. In this respect, the volume complements other anthologies which discuss urban space without limiting itself to one unique theoretical perspective. Its neat division into chronological and thematic sections makes for easy yet informative and inclusive reading, encouraging cross-referencing and challenging interests and tastes of a wide array of readers. Images of the City provides essential reading for cityphiles everywhere.

Charles Williams

In early September, when Phyllis Potter received the first sketch of Judgement at Chelmsford,929 Hitler was actively threatening Czechoslovakia. There was a general sense that war was imminent. Civilians were issued with gas masks, ...

Author: Grevel Lindop

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191063114

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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This is the first full biography of Charles Williams (1886-1945), an extraordinary and controversial figure who was a central member of the Inklings—the group of Oxford writers that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Charles Williams—novelist, poet, theologian, magician and guru—was the strangest, most multi-talented, and most controversial member of the group. He was a pioneering fantasy writer, who still has a cult following. C.S. Lewis thought his poems on King Arthur and the Holy Grail were among the best poetry of the twentieth century for 'the soaring and gorgeous novelty of their technique, and their profound wisdom'. But Williams was full of contradictions. An influential theologian, Williams was also deeply involved in the occult, experimenting extensively with magic, practising erotically-tinged rituals, and acquiring a following of devoted disciples. Membership of the Inklings, whom he joined at the outbreak of the Second World War, was only the final phase in a remarkable career. From a poor background in working-class London, Charles Williams rose to become an influential publisher, a successful dramatist, and an innovative literary critic. His friends and admirers included T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, and the young Philip Larkin. A charismatic personality, he held left-wing political views, and believed that the Christian churches had dangerously undervalued sexuality. To redress the balance, he developed a 'Romantic Theology', aiming at an approach to God through sexual love. He became the most admired lecturer in wartime Oxford, influencing a generation of young writers before dying suddenly at the height of his powers. This biography draws on a wealth of documents, letters and private papers, many never before opened to researchers, and on more than twenty interviews with people who knew Williams. It vividly recreates the bizarre and dramatic life of this strange, uneasy genius, of whom Eliot wrote, 'For him there was no frontier between the material and the spiritual world.'

The Christian Scholar

It is the purpose of this essay to cxamine in some detail Williams ' pageant Judgement at Chelmsford , a representative work , in the light of the sacramental acsthetic . Such an analysis will reveal that Williams ' dramatic art is ...



ISBN: UOM:39015063535226

Category: Christian education of young people


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Charles Williams

the play's retrospective action, from Hell through Purgatory to Paradise, owes much to Dante.67 judgement at Chelmsford also had much in common with Thomas Cranmer, the same process of salvation-through~exposure being deployed; ...

Author: Glen Cavaliero

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781556353734

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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Charles Williams (1886Ð1945), the friend of T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien, was both a writer with many gifts and a religious thinker of an unusual kind. Poet, playwright, novelist, biographer, critic, and theologian, in each capacity he displayed a distinctive and highly imaginative cast of mind. Here, in the first full-length study to appear for over twenty years, Glen Cavaliero discusses Williams's work in its entirety and pays particular attention to the manner in which his theological ideas were shaped and furthered by his various literary achievements. Following a brief account of Williams's life, the author examines the early poems, the criticism, biographies and plays, the novels, the Arthurian poems, and the assessment of Charles Williams's literary and theological importance. The book also illuminates the relationship between religious belief and the scope and working of the poetic mind. The discussion of Williams's place in twentieth-century literary history as a writer of Òfantasy literature, and of his unique gifts as a Christian apologist in an age of skepticism, ensures that this book will be of immense interest to literary critics and theologians alike.

C S Lewis and His Circle

Judgement of Chelmsford, in Collected Plays, 72. Judgement of Chelmsford, 147. Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury, in Collected Plays, 12. Thomas Cranmer, 32. Job 1:6–12; Zechariah 3:1–5. 1 Chronicles 21:1. So G. B. Caird, Principalities and ...

Author: Roger White

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190214357

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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For over thirty years, the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society has met weekly in the medieval colleges of the University of Oxford. During that time, it has hosted as speakers nearly all those still living who were associated with the Inklings-the Oxford literary circle led by C. S. Lewis--as well as authors and thinkers of a prominence that nears Lewis's own. C. S. Lewis and His Circle offers the reader a chance to join this unique group. Roger White has worked with Society past presidents Brendan and Judith Wolfe to select the most important talks, which are here made available to the wider public for the first time. They exemplify the best of traditional academic essays, thoughtful memoirs, and informal reminiscences about C. S. Lewis and his circle. The reader will reimagine Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, read philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe's final word on Lewis's arguments for Christianity, hear the Reverend Peter Bide's memories of marrying Lewis and Joy Davidman in an Oxford hospital, and learn about Lewis's Narnia Chronicles from his former secretary. Representing the finest of both personal and scholarly engagement with C. S. Lewis and the Inklings, the talks collected here set a new tone for engagement with this iconic Oxford literary circle--a tone close to Lewis's own Oxford--bred sharpness and wryness, seasoned with good humor and genuine affection for C. S. Lewis and his circle.

Coming of Age

A great pageant had been planned, Judgement at Chelmsford, words written by Charles Williams and music composed by Martin Shaw, illustrating the story of Christianity in Essex. It was due to be performed at the Scala Theatre in London ...

Author: Tony Tuckwell

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781479777464

Category: History

Page: 422

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A population explosion in Thames-side Essex earned the County its own Diocese in 1914. The wealthy worshippers of St. Mary's, Chelmsford lost a bitter battle to retain private pews but won another against six rivals to become the cathedral. Forty years of war and austerity saw plans for a new building shelved. New churches in East London came first. Worshippers wanted to keep the Diocese at arm's length. No one knew what a cathedral was for. Even looking and sounding good proved difficult. Eventually visionary leadership gave Chelmsford Cathedral an identity as servant and not just ornament of the Diocese.

To Michal from Serge

In 1939 , also at her request , in celebration of the twenty - fifth anniversary of the Diocese of Chelmsford he wrote Judgement at Chelmsford . Edward Bouverie Pusey ( 1800-1882 ) was an avid promoter of the Anglo - Catholic Movement ...

Author: Charles Williams

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 0873387120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 315

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These letters to "Michal," Williams endearing name for his wife, from "Serge," a moniker by which his most intimate friends addressed him, are more than just a collection of love letters--they are significant for what they tell us about the man, for the light they throw on his work, and for the way they show Williams in the context of his literary contemporaries (C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Dorothy L. Sayers, Christopher Fry, and Edith Sitwell). In fact, Williams felt that T. S. Eliot and C. S. Lewis were the only two people other than his wife to whom he could talk seriously about important matters

Esotericism and Narrative The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams

3 In another letter Williams told a friend that it had become clearer to him, following a performance of Judgement at Chelmsford, that “the whole thing represents the Sephirotic Tree.”4 In an unpublished summary of the play ...

Author: Aren Roukema

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004369115

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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In Esotericism and Narrative: The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams, Aren Roukema looks through the portal of Charles Williams’s fantastic fiction, analyzing the author’s narrative translations of ritual experiences with modern magic, kabbalah and spiritual alchemy.

Witchcraft in the British Isles and New England

Magistrates anxious for conviction, in presenting evidence from the initial inquiry to the trial court, were in a strategic position to prejudice the later proceedings. A major trial at Chelmsford in 1566 was conducted by the Reverend ...

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136538834

Category: History

Page: 350

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.