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Prince Caspian

from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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By Faye

A photo of Faye Sharp dressed as a Prince holding the book Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian is the hero of a book, the second in the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. My aunt gave it to me as a parting gift after my first visit to England from Canada. I was nine.

Prince Caspian is my favourite childhood character because he is not a Narnian.  He is a Telmarine. He is curious and interested in all things. He loves stories of the ‘olden days’ told to him by his nurse. He has a wonderful tutor, Dr. Cornelius, who teaches him history and geography and, deep at night, wakes him to climb to the top of the castle battlements to study the stars and to speak of dangerous things.

Prince Caspian is adventurous, brave, honourable and very handsome, to my mind. He is destined to restore a lost land and its creatures. He is a boy who can be and do all the things I wanted to be and do but thought I couldn’t, because I was a girl.

My aunt gave me the book because its illustrator, Pauline Baynes, was her friend and my cousin’s godmother, but I thought it was because the book had a special message just for me.

When I returned home, I read the book in front of a large log fire on a snowy winter afternoon. And I remembered my trip to England. I remembered cousins in school uniforms. I remembered ruined castles and battlements. I remembered dancing round Banbury Cross. I remembered dark nights full of bright stars. And I almost remembered talking animals, walking woods and dwarves.

I knew that I would return to Narnia one day. I did. And I am still here.

The 26 writing group has worked with The Story Museum as part of its 26 Characters exhibition. The group have produced a collection of poems, and couldn’t resist being part of the gallery of favourite characters.

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