Barchester Towers is Anthony Trollope's masterpeice and one of the great works of the 19th century. The peace of Barchester is rudely disrupted by the arrival of the new low-church bishop Dr. Proudie, along with his indomitable, shzewish wife and Mr. Slope, his oilt chaplain. Two factions split the community as many women are won over to Proudie's by Slope's persuasive powers, while the "Gantyists" remain loyal to the worldly Archdeacon, whose ambitions are dashed by this entourage. Mr. Harding, the gentle ex-warden, and his daughter Eleanor are the innocent victims caught in the middle of these aquabbling groups.
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This 1857 sequel to The Warden wryly chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester. The evangelical but not particularly competent new bishop is Dr. Proudie, who with his awful wife and oily curate, Slope, maneuver for power. The Warden and Barchester Towers are part of Trollope's Barsetshire series, in which some of the same characters recur.From the Publisher:
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