The Discarded Image

By C. S. Lewis


In The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It describes the "image" discarded by later years as "the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organization of their theology, science and history into a single, complex, harmonious mental model of the universe." This, Lewis’s last book, has been hailed as "the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind."

Praises & Awards


Los Angeles Times

“Erudite and graceful, filled with anecdote and analogy, illuminating the images of the past.”

Birmingham Post

“It does you good to read [Lewis’s] learned books, not because you are preached at, but because to read them is for the mind what a walk over fine, sometimes rough, country, in good weather is for the healthy body.”

The Listener

“Nobody else could have imposed such form on such a mass of matter, and written a book so wide in scope. Whether we were his pupils in the classroom or no, we are all his pupil and we shall not look upon his like again.”

London Times Literary Supplement

“If not magnum opus, it represents Lewis the expositor at his best, and communicates the zest that he brought to the study of literature, philosophy and religion alike.”

The Church Times

“If the book sometimes daunts, it nearly always entrances, and, though it describes a model which has passed away into a mist, it testifies, in its reverence, for those who made it, to the greatness of the human mind.”

New Statesman

“The printed page transmits only part of the zest with which Lewis in his lectures demonstrated this double process, but it is invaluable to have the most famous set from the university courses preserved for posterity.”

The Ampleforth Journal

“We thought to have no more from that gifted pen: it seemed as though the fruit of that reading had passed beyond our reach…The Discarded Image…is worth having, if only for the experience of having so genial an interpreter to guide through the realms of gold.”

Product Details

ISBN: 9780062313706

ISBN10: 0062313703

Imprint: HarperOne

On Sale: 11/05/2013

List Price 6.81 USD

BISAC1: RELIGION / Christianity / Literature & the Arts

BISAC2: HISTORY / Medieval