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Charles Kingsley, a clergyman of the Church of England, who late in his life held the chair of history at Cambridge University, wrote mostly didactic historical romances. He put the historical novel to new use, not to teach history, but to illustrate some religious truth. Westward Ho! (1855), his best-known work, is a tale of the Spanish main in the days of Queen Elizabeth I. Hypatia: New Foes with Old Faces (1853) is the story of a pagan girl-philosopher who was torn to pieces by a Christian mob. The story is strongly anti-Roman Catholic.. Hereward the Wake, or The Watchful Hereward the Wake, or The Watchful (1866) is a tale of a Saxon outlaw. The Water-Babies (1863), written for Kingsley's youngest child, "would be a tale for children were it not for the satire directed at the parents of the period," said Andrew Lang. Alton Locke (1850) and Yeast (1851) reflect Kingsley's leadership in "muscular Christianity" and his dramatization of social issues. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Water Babies 2,579 copies, 39 reviews
Westward Ho! 802 copies, 6 reviews
The Heroes 787 copies, 3 reviews
Hypatia 213 copies, 3 reviews
Hereward the Wake 178 copies, 5 reviews
Alton Locke 87 copies, 3 reviews
Yeast 43 copies, 1 review
Poems 36 copies
Two Years Ago 28 copies
At Last 21 copies
The Roman and the Teuton 9 copies, 1 review
The Hermits 6 copies
Two Years Ago (vol. 1) 6 copies, 1 review
David 5 copies
Town Geology 4 copies
Phaethon 2 copies
The Saint's Tragedy 2 copies, 1 review
Two Years Ago, Volume II. 2 copies, 1 review
Westward ho! (Original novel) 1 copy
Sermons to Dispel Anxiety 1 copy, 1 review
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