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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tess_schoolmarm - LibraryThing
Barchester Towers is the 2nd in a series of 6 by Anthony Trollope. It, like The Warden is set in the fictional town of Barsetshire. This book is a serious satire on The Church of England as the much ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nx74defiant - LibraryThing
Maybe I don't know enough about Church politics. I didn't really understand the references to the High Church. The Miniseries was very faithful to the book. I was glad Slope got a happy ending. I still didn't see why Eleanor was attracted to Mr. Arabin Read full review
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