|Benson, Arthur C. “The Leaves of the Tree,”
American Review No. 669 (August 1911): 282-301.
Benson discusses Kingsley’s life, character, and works, paying particular
attention to his life at Eversley. He provides personal recollections
of having met Kingsley as a child and relates other stories about Kingsley
told him by his father.
Carpenter, S. C. Church and People, 1789-1889:
A History of the Church of England from William Wilberforce to “Lux Mundi”
(London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1933).
Carpenter frequently mentions Kingsley in his study, paying particular
attention to his activities as a parson in Eversley.
Parson, Kingsley as;
“Charles Kingsley and Bramshill House,” The Police
College Magazine Vol. 8, No. 3 (Autumn 1964): 202-207.
Discusses the circumstances of how Kingsley was instituted into the
living at Eversley, “circumstances which, for comedy in clerical life,
surpass any situation depicted by Trollope or George Eliot” (202).
Also discusses the relationship of Kingsley, Rector of Eversley, with the
lords of the manor of Bramshill, Sir John Cope and Sir William Cope respectively.
Griswold, Hattie Tyng. Home Life of Great
Authors. 7th ed. (Chicago: McClurg, 1902): 363-371.
Griswold presents a short account of Kingsley’s life and works with
particular attention to his life in the parish of Eversley. She provides
little critical analysis.
Keep, David J. “The Theology of Charles Kingsley’s
Village Sermons,” The Evangelical Quarterly Vol. LIII, No. 4 (Oct-Dec
Keep examines Kingsley’s sermons to the congregation at Eversley during
the relatively unstable social and political period 1849-1854, the time
Kingsley’s own radical views and writing were at their peak. He declares
that though these village sermons were clearly written and free from theological
jargon they were on the whole not very extremist nor exciting. They
were particularly limited “in their failure to deal with the profound theological
questions posed by unitarianism and the questions raised by higher criticism”
(214). However, they did reveal “an optimistic eschatology that God
was working through technological progress and that change should be welcomed”
Kingsley as; Eversley; Religion;
Muller, Charles H. Two Sermons of Charles
Kingsley (Pietersburg, South Africa: University of the North, 1979).
This is the text of two previously unpublished sermon manuscripts from
the Morris L. Parrish Collection, Princeton University Library. Muller,
the transcriber, notes Kingsley’s strong vein of compassion pervading the
sermons. The first, originally preached at Eversley in 1846, stresses that
God does not just belong to some far off eschatological future but that
he is at hand in people’s normal daily life. The second sermon, preached
in 1851 at a child’s funeral, also focuses on a comforting God’s presence
in everyday life. Muller discusses the influence of F.D. Maurice’s
teachings on Kingsley’s “understanding of the present relevance of divine
Providence, and of the Kingdom of God as a present and spreading reality”
(3). Carlyle was another important influence. Muller also discusses
the style and the composition of these two sermons. Though they were manifestly
quickly and carelessly written, probably very shortly before delivery,
“Kingsley’s spoken words, as recorded in the sermons, must have had an
almost magical, and very dramatic, effect on his congregation. In
each case the emotional climax shows how directly they came from the heart”(5).
Rowse, A. L. “Charles Kingsley
at Eversley (I),” Contemporary Review Vol. 221, No. 1282 (Nov.
1972): 234-238; “Charles Kingsley at Eversley (2),” Contemporary
Review Vol. 221, No. 1283 (Dec. 1972): 322-326; “Charles
Kingsley at Eversley (3),” Contemporary Review Vol. 221, No.
1284 (Jan. 1973): 7-12.
In these three short articles Rowse discusses a visit he paid to Eversley
and provides a brief overview of Kingsley's life and works set against
the background of Eversley.
Ryan, J. S. “In an English Country
Churchyard,” Journal and Proceedings (Armidale and District Historical
Society) Vol. 19 (1976): 63-72.
Ryan briefly discusses Charles and Henry Kingsley’s lives in the village
of Eversley paying particular attention to a number of connections between
Australia and the village.