Kingsley is a great case study in nineteenth-century belief because – although he was brought up in a traditionally religious family and even served as chaplain for Queen Victoria – some of his novels and later writings suggest that he had taken a rather different course by the end of his life. By then he was dabbling in spirituality and helping to promote the new idea of ‘Muscular Christianity’.
Students are introduced to the recent ‘Kingsley 200’ festival, a celebration of Kingsley’s life, and challenged to come up with a costume or tableau scene to reflect Kingsley’s religious beliefs – based on a close analysis of Kingsley’s ideas and writings. Nice!
- Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
- Lesson write-up: PDF
- Resource 1: PDF
- Worksheet 1-3: PDF