Ch. 1, Pg. 5: County Down


A view of County Down

A view of County Down

County Down is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland.

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Page 4: B.A. of Queen’s College, Belfast

Queen's College, Belfast, by gerard172 on flickr  



Queen's College, Lanyon Building, Belfast


(Photo courtesy of gerard1972 on flickr, who takes gorgeous pictures of Belfast)

Lewis’s mother, Florence Augusta Hamilton, graduated with First Class Honors in logic and Second Class Honors in mathematics in 1885. In an age when women’s mental capacities were still denigrated, it’s a particularly impressive achievement. The first woman was admitted to Queen’s College in 1881, just four years earlier, so it does not seem a stretch to imagine that Florence Hamilton was a woman of unusual resources.

An image of Flora Hamilton at her graduation

Update 11/23/2008: I have been lucky enough to be in contact with James O’Fee, the former president of the C.S. Lewis Centenary Group in C.S. Lewis’s hometown, Belfast. Mr. O’Fee has written an extensive and well-researched response to my post for those who are interested in learning more about Lewis’s mother.


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Pg. 3, Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey was built on Hastings Field. The battle of Hastings in 1066, in which the Normans conquered Britain under William the Conqueror, was perhaps the most famous British battle of all time.

The gatehouse of Battle Abbey

The gatehouse of Battle Abbey

Another view of Battle Abbey

A virtual tour of Battle Abbey


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