"History, myth, Christian theology and the poetic imagination are all drawn together in this unusual study of three very different literary figures. By focusing on kingship the author opens up new perspectives on hitherto relatively neglected aspects of the thought and writings of the Inklings."
Dr Brian Horne, Chairman of the Charles Williams Society and former Senior Lecturer of Theology at King's College London
"This is a knowledgeable and sympathetic study which brings us closer to the outlook of three intriguing writers moulded by a world we have already left behind us. Dr Scarf is impressively familiar with the rich and varied cultural frame of reference within which the Inklings operated. Even more important, he is imaginatively responsive, as they were, to the traditions of kingship and Christianity and to the connections between them. He is a helpful and reliable guide through the countries of their minds."
Norman Vance, Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History (English), University of Sussex
"This exploration of this ideal in relation to biblical and contemporary political ideas will richly reward those readers looking to explore more deeply the fundamental convictions that give them such appeal. The book can be thoroughly recommended as a well-researched commentary on a major literary phenomenon."
Ronald E. Clements, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London
"The author explores his subject matter quite thoroughly, with careful scholarship ... This is an excellent study of its subject ... We are able to recommend it heartily."
Minas Tirith Evening-Star, Vol 41, No 1
"A compelling study which looks at three of the world's most famous authors from a unique perspective, and offers novel insights into their much-loved works. The Ideal of Kingship will please literature scholars, theology students or fans of these great authors' work. This volume provides a unique focus on Kingship and the Christian beliefs of three well-loved writers, and be of interest to any reader seeking a fuller understanding of the individuals and their works."
Pieter Collier, on TolkienLibrary.com, 5th March 2014
"Dr Scarf, who has himself a strong sense of the grandeur, the 'mystique', of kingship, has read extensively both in the three authors themselves and in secondary sources."
Richard Strutch, in Journal of Theological Studies, Vol 65, Issue 1
"Scarf focuses not simply on kingship, but the exact ways in which many presentations of or allusions to kingship as it appears in the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of the three best-known Inklings is a reflection of a very specific concept about God ... this book is well worth reading for anyone interest in a specifically Christian interpretation of the work of Tolkien, Lewis and Williams. It is also worthwhile for those who are interested in the idea of kingship as presented in their books. ... Christopher Scarf has created a scholarly approach to a narrow concept that presents some rare gems waiting to be mined by the careful reader."
Melody Green, in Mythlore, Vol 32, Issue 2
"Dr Christopher Scarf's study of monarchy in the works of the three best-known Inklings provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject ... This overview contains well-documented, detailed analysis."
Suzanne Bray, in Modern Believing, Vol 55, Issue 2
"For committed scholars of this period and these authors, this study will no doubt offer rich and thoughtful comparative material."
Alison Jack, in The Expository Times, Vol 126, Issue 5
"Scarf's book is a valuable study given the sheer scale of American Evangelical-Republican support of Tolkien and Lewis's works and beliefs."
Paul Brazier, in The Heythrope Journal, Vol 56, Issue 2