How does a modest man (over modest, to be honest) write the text for his website’s home page, and do himself justice?
The honest answer is that he can’t … it’s just too embarrassing, too exposing, too un-British. So what’s to be done?
Well, the solution is to get someone who knows him well to write an entirely unbiased and very honest sketch to set this website a genuine context, so here it is:
Charles Moseley – writer, scholar, countryman, teacher, traveller, speaker (all ‘par excellence’) – brings an extraordinary quality of huge enthusiasm combined with great knowledge to everything he does. He defies easy categorization: so too does his work. In this world where everything is classified by ‘genre’, Charles’s writing transcends those limitations and launches his reader into worlds in which time and space seamlessly cross their boundaries, as he brings personal and extraordinarily detailed memories face to face with the Big Picture (historically, politically, morally, spiritually). His public speaking is mesmerizing as he draws his listener into his subject, gathering together anecdote, humour, rigorous knowledge and drama into a thought-provoking feast for the eyes, ears and mind. His decades of teaching (both in school and at the University of Cambridge) have won him such love and loyalty that scarcely a week goes by without some former ‘pupil’ getting in touch with stories of how important, how profound, his influence on their younger self had been. Charles’s response to these delightful messages is almost always “Well, I’m astonished!”.
So, dear reader, enter into the world of this man who was once described as “infectiously likeable” – quite simply, in my anonymous humble opinion, a man who has many wonderful things to say, who says them brilliantly, and who above all loves to enable others to think, to explore, to be brave and to be honest.