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Charles Kingsley

(12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875 / Devon, England)

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Charles Kingsley was an English priest of the Church of England, university professor, historian and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and northeast Hampshire.

Life and character

Kingsley was born in Holne, Devon, the second son of the Reverend Charles Kingsley and his wife Mary. His brother, Henry Kingsley, also became a novelist. He spent his childhood in Clovelly, Devon and Barnack, Northamptonshire and was educated at Helston Grammar School before studying at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge. Charles entered Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1838, and graduated in 1842. He chose to pursue a ministry in the church. ... more »

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  • ''There is a great deal of human nature in man.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. At Last, ch. 2 (1872). Quoting the words of "the wise Yankee."
  • ''We have used the Bible as if it was a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are being overloaded.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. Politics for the People, no. 4 (May 27, 1848). Letters to the Chartists, no. 2, The Works of ...
  • ''We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. From the second of his letters to the Chartists by "Parson Lot." Politics for the People (May...
  • ''The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth, or a man or woman left to say, I will redress that wrong, or spend my life in the attempt.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. Quoted in Charles Kingsley: His Letters and Memories of His Life, vol. 2, ch. 28, Mrs. C. Kin...
  • ''And now I'm old and going—I'm sure I can't tell where;
    One comfort is, this world's so hard, I can't be worse off there:''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British poet. The Last Buccaneer (l. 29-30). . . Everyman's Book of Victorian Verse. J. R. Watson, ed. (1982) J. M. ...
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