The Place of the Lion Author:Charles Williams A theological fantasy novel, first published in London in 1931. It starts with the escape of a lioness from captivity and her mysterious disappearance. Platonic archetypes begin to appear throughout England, wreaking havoc and drawing to the surface the spiritual strengths and flaws of individual characters. Williams (1886-1945) had a genius for... more » choosing strange and exciting themes for his novels and making them believable and profoundly suggestive of spiritual truths. Beneath the brilliant and imaginative surface of what he called his "psychological thrillers" lies a concealed and meticulously thought-out Christian message. This has been described as "one of the most daringly conceived and stunningly visualized of all [Williams's] novels."
Williams, a longtime editor at Oxford University Press, was a prolific novelist, poet, literary critic, and lay theologian. His work was admired by C.S. Lewis and W.H. Auden, and he was a member of the literary society The Inklings, with Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.« less