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"You're right, King Caspian. And as long as you will be true to Old Narnia you shall be my King, whatever they say. Long life to your Majesty."
Trufflehunter[src]
Prince Caspian (book)
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Book information
Author

C. S. Lewis

Illustrator

Pauline Baynes

Publisher

Geoffrey Bles

First Edition Published

1951

Country

England

Language

English

Pages

195

Preceded by

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Followed by

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Prince Caspian was the second (written order) or fourth (chronological) book in The Chronicles of Narnia and tells the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy's second trip to Narnia where they discover that the usurper Miraz has taken control. This evil ruler has tried to kill off the magical creatures of Narnia and is unaware of the many Narnians hiding in the remote corners of the land. The Pevensie children help the young Telmarine Prince Caspian organize his army of Talking Beasts and, with the help of the great Lion Aslan, Narnia is once again freed. Due to the anomalies found between Earth time and Narnian, this story takes place in Narnian-year 2303 and Earth year 1941.

Chapter Listings

  1. The Island
  2. The Ancient Treasure House
  3. The Dwarf
  4. The Dwarf Tells of Prince Caspian
  5. Caspian's Adventure in the Mountains
  6. The People that Lived in Hiding
  7. Old Narnia in Danger
  8. How They Left the Island
  9. What Lucy Saw
  10. The Return of the Lion
  11. The Lion Roars
  12. Sorcery and Sudden Vengeance
  13. The High King in Command
  14. How All Were Very Busy
  15. Aslan Makes a Door in the Air

Plot Summary

Caspian Blows the Horn

Prince Caspian begins with the four Pevensie children at the station waiting for the train that would take them to school for the year. Before the train gets to them, they begin to feel the pull of magic on them, and they find themselves in a place they assume to be Narnia. However, they are on an island and they cannot find anything that they recognize from their first trip. When they go to explore the nearby ruins, they discover that they are in the remains of what had once been the castle of Cair Paravel. Soon after this, they rescue the red dwarf Trumpkin from the Telmarines, and he explains that in the absence of Narnian rulers the Telmarines had invaded Narnia and driven all of the Old Narnian's who were left into hiding in the woods. But the rightful Prince Caspian, under the tutorship of Dr. Cornelius, had learned all about the Narnians, and he loved their stories. As a result, Caspian's uncle, King Miraz, was set to kill him.

Originally, Miraz hadn't wanted to kill Caspian, but only because he had no heir of his own. After his son was born, he no longer had any use for Caspian, and so planned to have him assassinated.

And after much debate, Caspian had blown the horn that Dr. Cornelius had given to him - the one that had belonged to Queen Susan - and it's magic had brought the four children back into Narnia.

Aslan's How

After listening to Trumpkin's story the children knew they needed to meet with Prince Caspian at Aslan's How. Unfortunately, the land of Narnia had changed over the many years they had been absent, and Peter lost his way. Aslan showed them the way, but he appeared only to Lucy, forcing the others to trust her and follow where she said she saw the Lion. Eventually they reached Aslan's How - a mound that had been erected over the broken Stone Table - and assisted Caspian in gathering troops and preparing for battle with Miraz's army.

King Caspian

Peter challenged Miraz to a duel as High King, and he was "victorious" as Miraz had tripped over a tussock and never got up. He was killed by the Lord Glozelle whom he had insulted earlier, in revenge. The Narnians - with Aslan's help - faired well in the battle that followed. In the end, Aslan crowned Caspian King of Narnia and opened a door on the edge of a cliff. Many Telmarines gathered and were told to choose to live in Narnia or return to live forever in their homeland, Telmar. One Telmarine who went in first was told by Aslan that he'll have a good future there. Peter explained to Edmund and Lucy that Aslan had told him and Susan would not return to Narnia, and that it was time to go back to England because the two were getting old. Prince Caspian marks Susan Pevensie's last journey in Narnia. Though he gave Susan back her horn, she told him to keep it. After saying their goodbyes they went through the door that Aslan had made and were back in the railway station.

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