This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Complete Barchester Chronicles by…

The Complete Barchester Chronicles

by Anthony Trollope

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
1424126,706 (4.4)1 / 48



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

Showing 4 of 4
I want to tell the world about the brilliant novel, The Warden, by Anthony Trollope, published in 1855, and one of six novels in his series “Chronicles of Barsetshire.” The main character is the kind and honorable Rev. Harding, and he is the precentor of a cathedral in a small country town in west England. I found it refreshing to see how Harding thinks and acts when he is engaged in the fight of his life. His reputation is attacked and his right to be Warden of Hiram’s Hospital is threatened by a relentless reformer and an attack dog of a tabloid newspaper. Harding lives with his youngest daughter and enjoys a quiet and busy life helping people, doing many good works and caring for the 12 old men who have been given a comfortable retirement life at the Hospital, which was established for men who are poor and no longer able to work. There is a love interest for his daughter, an unyielding son-in-law who defends the church and Harding, plenty of subtle humor and a charming picture of the country life.
If you are like me you will want to have the next book “Barchester Towers” in hand so you can begin reading it as soon as you finish “The Warden.” This Kindle edition has all six novels and is set up nicely. ( )
1 vote hangen | Mar 15, 2015 |
The second, third and fourth books in this series rank among my all times favourites. However, I find the Warden and Lilian Dale, as characters, unappealing, therefore I did not enjoy the first, fifth and sixth books so much. However, throughout all the books, Trollope's mastery of the English language is almost unparalleled and he provides a fascinating insight into Victorian England. ( )
  A.J.Lumaren | Sep 13, 2013 |
I suspect that reading all six Barsetshire novels in one sitting (January 11-April 5, thank you Kindle) probably robs them of some of their charm. The formulaic nature of the serialized novel is thrown into higher relief when you read one after another with nothing in between, and so are some of Trollope's weaknesses as a novelist.

Read the rest at my blog: http://thegrimreader.blogspot.com/2013/04/i-return-from-barsetshire.html ( )
1 vote nohrt4me2 | Apr 11, 2013 |
The "Chronicles of Barsetshire" is a series of six novels by English author Anthony Trollope, set in the west-country Cathedral city of Barchester.

The beautifully-written epic saga concerns the dealings of the clergy and the gentry, and the political, amatory, and social maneuverings that go on among and between them.

Barsetshire is the county in which the novels take place. The county town and cathedral town is Barchester. Other towns mentioned in the novels include Silverbridge, Hogglestock and Greshamsbury.

Included in this volume:
Book One: The Warden -- Mr Septimus Harding, elderly warden of Hiram's Hospital and Precentor of Barchester Cathedral. The story concerns the impact upon Harding and his circle when a zealous young reformer, John Bold, launches a campaign to expose the disparity in the apportionment of the charity's income between its object, the bedesmen, and its officer, Mr Harding. John Bold embarks on this campaign out of a spirit of public duty despite his romantic involvement with Eleanor and previously cordial relations with Mr Harding...

Book Two: Barchester Towers -- The much loved bishop having died, all expectations are that his son, Archdeacon Grantly, also a clergyman, will gain the office in his place. Instead, owing to the passage of the power of patronage to a new Prime Minister, a newcomer, Bishop Proudie, gains the see. His wife, Mrs Proudie, exercises an undue influence over the new bishop, making herself unpopular with right-thinking members of the clergy and their families...

Book Three: Doctor Thorne -- The romantic problems of Mary Thorne, niece of Doctor Thomas Thorne (a member of a junior branch of the family of Mr Wilfred Thorne who appeared in the previous novel), and Frank Gresham, the only son of the local squire. Major themes of the book are the social pain and exclusion caused by illegitimacy, the nefarious effects of the demon drink, and the difficulties of romantic attachments outside one's social class...

Book Four: Framley Parsonage -- Mark Robarts is a young vicar, newly arrived in the village of Framley in Barsetshire. This "living" has come into his hands through Lady Lufton, the mother of his childhood friend Ludovic, Lord Lufton. Mark has ambitions to further his career and begins to seek connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by local Member of Parliament Mr Sowerby...

Book Five: The Small House at Allington -- Lily has for a long time been secretly loved by John Eames, a junior clerk at the Income Tax Office, while Bell is in love with the local doctor, James Crofts. The handsome and personable, somewhat mercenary Adolphus Crosbie is introduced into the circle by the squire's nephew, Bernard Dale...

Book Six: The Last Chronicle of Barset -- An indigent but learned clergyman, the Reverend Josiah Crawley, the curate of Hogglestock, as he stands accused of stealing. It also features the courtship of the Rev. Mr Crawley's daughter, Grace, and Major Henry Grantly, son of the wealthy Archdeacon Grantly. The Archdeacon, although allowing that Grace is a lady, doesn't think her of high enough rank or wealth for his widowed son; his position is strengthened by the Reverend Mr Crawley's apparent crime. Almost broken by poverty and trouble, the Reverend Mr Crawley hardly knows himself if he is guilty or not...

These are wonderful, well-written thrilling and vigorous novels!
  vanpelten | Aug 15, 2011 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Some sets included appear to only have five novel listed: however, this is simply because the rest of the title was cut off, as checking ISBNs show that they are 6-novel sets.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Anthony Trollope offers the complete six-novel collection of his acclaimed Barchester Chronicles, a narrative of clerical drama within the cathedral city.

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4.4)
3 3
3.5 2
4 9
4.5 1
5 16

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,570,072 books! | Top bar: Always visible