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Intro - german philosophy muirhead

German Philosophy in Relation to the War by John Henry Muirhead

For a similar modern book, see The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans

Learn more about WWI, The Great War, through this video from Khan Academy

Ethics: Utilitarianism video by Khan Academy

Article about the book-burning at the Wartburg Festival of 1817 titled “Where They Have Burned Books, They Will End Up Burning People”

Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

John Amos Comenius

Poem “Christmas Eve and Easter Day” Robert Browning

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Education and Empire by Richard Haldane

The Lie of the Soul – “The Story’s the Thing” article

Revolt of the Tartars by Thomas De Quincy

Take a look at Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide


Centuries of Meditations by Thomas Traherne

Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare – link to ACT III, Scene 6, in which Timon holds a banquet for his guests

Woodstock by Sir Walter Scott

The Pancake by Jozef Israels

Children by the Sea by Jozef Israels

Feeding Her Birds by Jean-Francois Millet

The Angelus by Jean-Francois Millet

The Supper at Emmaus by Rembrandt

The Night Watch by Rembrandt

Jan van Eyck - The Ghent Altarpiece - Adoration of the Lamb

The Adoration of the Lamb by Jan van Eyck – section from the Ghent Altarpiece

Watch a video about the Ghent Altarpiece from Khan Academy 

Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari – public domain text here

Emile, or On Education by Jean Jacques Rousseau – public domain text here

The Laws of Fesole by John Ruskin – public domain text here

Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

Poems “The Elixir” and “The Pulley” by George Herbert

Essay “Of Truth” by Francis Bacon

Hereward the Wake by Charles Kingsley

Harold, the Last of the Saxon Kings by Edward Lytton

Joan and Peter: The Story of an Education by H.G. Wells

Childhood by Maxim Gorky

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Erewhon by Samuel Butler

Mornings in Florence by John Ruskin

Jerusalem poem from the preface of “Milton: A Poem in Two Books” by William Blake

“May You Strain Your Wine: Horace Ode 1.11” article; read more about Horace

Check out the Parthenon Room at the British Museum on the Pericles Resources page for the Pericles Study Guide (see Lesson #5: The Great Buildings of Athens)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Take a tour of Charlotte’s House of Education, now known as the University of Cumbria at Ambleside

Read the poem “Musings Near Aquapendente” by William Wordsworth

Take a tour of Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth

Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens

Unto This Last and Other Writings by John Ruskin

The Elements of Drawing by John Ruskin

Article about scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose: “The Father of Modern Wi-fi”

Joan and Peter: The Story of an Education by H.G. Wells – public domain text here

Poem “Of a’ the Airts the Wind Can Blaw” by Robert Burns

Poem “Rabbi Ben Ezra” by Robert Browning

Poems “Sir Philip Sydney” and “Lament for Philip Sydney” by Matthew Roydon

Thomas De Quincey’s essay, A Sketch from Childhood – public domain text here (pg 69)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott

Learn more about Johann Friedrich Herbart here

See the book that Charlotte quotes from in the “dry light of Scottish humor”: Herbartian Psychology Applied to Education by John Adams here

Across the Bridges by Alexander Patterson – public domain text here

The Holy War by John Bunyan – public domain text here

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Rudyard Kipling poems

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

The Memoirs of Count Witte – public domain text here

Read about the Bushido Code: The Eight Virtues of the Samurai

Poem “The Statue and the Bust” by Robert Browning – see statue of Ferdinand I below 

Poem “In Memoriam” by Alfred Tennyson

Equestrian statue of Ferdinand I in Florence, Italy

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

See more resources for Macbeth on the Shakespeare Resources Page under the Tragedies tab

Book: Karl Marx and Modern Socialism by Frank Reyner Salter – public domain text here

Learn more about Communism and Karl Marx in this video by Khan Academy

Poem “She was a Phantom of Delight” by William Wordsworth

Learn more about the Principles covered in this chapter:

Selection from the poem “Epipsychidion” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (full length here)

“A Liberal Education: Theory” by Charlotte Mason and “A Liberal Education: Practice” by Agnes Drury – both as one article here

Section I: The Knowledge of God

Bible Commentaries
by J. Paterson Smyth

See the CM SUBJECTS: RELIGIOUS STUDIES PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources

Section II: The Knowledge of Man
America First by Lawton Evans Updated Edition

See the CM SUBJECTS: HISTORY PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources


See the CM SUBJECTS: LITERATURE PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources

Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar

Plutarch Guides by A Charlotte Mason Plenary

See the CM SUBJECTS: CITIZENSHIP PAGE or the PLUTARCH CATEGORY for suggestions on modern living books and resources

NC Wyeth Picture Study Charlotte Mason Artist Study

N.C. Wyeth
Picture Study

Picture Study Vermeer Charlotte Mason

Picture Study

Plutarch Julius Caesar Picture Study

Plutarch Picture Study Packages

See the CM SUBJECTS: PICTURE STUDY PAGE or the PICTURE STUDY CATEGORY for suggestions on modern living books and resources

Section III: The Knowledge of the Universe

See the CM SUBJECTS: SCIENCE PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources


See Charlotte’s first Geography book, The Forty Shires 

Charlotte’s Ambleside Geographical Readers (in order):

1. Elementary GeographyBook 1
2. The British Empire and the Great Divisions of the Globe: Book 2
3. The Counties of England: Book 3
4. The Countries of Europe, Their Scenery and Peoples: Book 4
5. The Old and New World: Asia, Africa, America, Australia: Book 5

See the CM SUBJECTS: GEOGRAPHY PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources

Physical Development

See the CM SUBJECTS: P.E. / DRILL PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources


See the CM SUBJECTS: HANDICRAFTS PAGE for suggestions on modern living books and resources

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