Barchester Towers

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Oxford University Press, 1962 - Aristocracy - 471 pages
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Mr. Harding is a gentle Church of England priest in Barchester who is in charge of a home of 12 retired men. When a reformer challenges his charge of the home, a scandal erupts and Mr. Harding ultimately resigns. His son-in-law, the archdeacon, tries to dominate the old man, but Harding, in his kind way, refuses to do what he is told. He is the man of principle surrounded by those who would use the church for their own purposes. Harding's daughter, Eleanor, must choose between numerous suitors. The machinations of the aristocrats, the leaders of the church, and the humble men who serve society are faithfully drawn as Trollope explores the role of the church, power, and marriage in Victorian society.

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

After The Warden, another excellent visit to Barsetshire, and another book I had a difficult time putting down. Trollope improves here on his gentle wittiness, absolutely delightful small-scale ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

The action, as it is, starts with the death of a bishop of The Church England in “the cathedral city of Barchester” in “the latter days of July in the year 185-.” The equilibrium thus upset, a new ... Read full review


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