The heroine of The Chronicles of Narnia is inspired by a Dominican tertiary from the 15th century.
Perhaps we all know of Lucy Pevensie, the little girl who was the first to dare to pass through the wardrobe that led to Narnia, and who would later be crowned as one of the queens of the land, with the title Lucy the Valiant.
C.S. Lewis gave the name Lucy to his character in recognition of his friend Owen Barfield, whose daughter had the name and was Lewis’ godchild. But that wasn’t the only source of his inspiration. It was also a homage to one of the great Italian mystics, Lucia Brocadelli.
Brocadelli, in fact, was born in Narni — yes, you read that right, in Narni — a town between Assisi and Rome that in the times of the emperor Nerva, who reigned from 96 to 98 and was also born in Narni, was known as Narnia.