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Author: Anthony Trollope
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The Warden by Anthony Trollope



Last updated Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 14:25. To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the Public Domain in Australia. eBooksaide The University of Adelaide Library University of Adelaide South Australia 5005.

In this manner the income of the warden had increased; the picturesque house attached to the hospital had been enlarged and adorned, and the office had become one of the most coveted of the snug clerical sinecures attached to our church. It was now wholly in the bishop’s gift, and though the dean and chapter, in former days, made a stand on the subject, they had thought it more conducive to their honour to have a rich precentor appointed by the bishop, than a poor one appointed by themselves.

The Warden, published in 1855, is the first book in Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series of six novels. It was his fourth novel. The Warden concerns Mr Septimus Harding, the meek, elderly warden of Hiram's Hospital and precentor of Barchester Cathedral, in the fictional county of Barsetshire. Hiram's Hospital is an almshouse supported by a medieval charitable bequest to the Diocese of Barchester.

Additional Book Info. Date Added: 2001-01-31. Chapter I. Hiram's Hospital. Chapter II. The Barchester Reformer. Chapter III. The Bishop of Barchester. The Warden is Very Obstinate. Chapter XIX. The Warden Resigns. Chapter XX. Farewell.

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The Warden - Anthony Trollope. Fresh ebook deals, delivered daily. Hiram’s hospital. The Rev. Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of ––––; let us call it Barchester. Were we to name Wells or Salisbury, Exeter, Hereford, or Gloucester, it might be presumed that something personal was intended; and as this tale will refer mainly to the cathedral dignitaries of the town in question, we are anxious that no personality may be suspected.

Chapter I Hiram's Hospital. Chapter XVI A Long Day in London. Chapter XVII Sir Abraham Haphazard. Chapter XVIII The Warden Is Very Obstinate. Chapter XIX The Warden Resigns. Chapter XXI Conclusion.

The first of Trollope's ''Barsetshire'' series concerns Mr. Harding, elderly warden of Hiram's Hospital and Precentor of Barchester Cathedral  . An engaging introduction to the life of the Victorian clergy and the behind-the-scenes politics that continue in Barchester Towers. o back both his arguments and his conscience, it may be imagined that Mr Harding has never felt any compunction as to receiving his quarterly sum of two hundred pounds. Indeed, the subject has never presented itself to his mind in that shape.

The Warden – Anthony Trollope. And so to the second in the series of books AJ and myself have chosen to read by ‘canon authors’ that we have called ‘Classically Challenged’ and to a book that I feel very conflicted about writing about to be honest. Though really the good things about a book like Anthony Trollope’s ‘The Warden’, and indeed any canon classic, is that the author is dead so they can’t take offence and the book has legions of fans already.

The Warden (1855) by Anthony Trollope is one of the charming series of loosely connected novels set in Barsetshire. This is the first book to appear in the series, but may be read as a standalone work, and enjoyed on its own merits.

A man of sterling character, the kind and elderly Mr. Septimus Harding is the warden of Hiram's Hospital, an institution reliant on an ancient charitable bequest in order to sustain itself. When an investigation into the charity is led by John Bold, a young man who also happens to be in love with the warden's daughter Eleanor, the result is an unusual series of events and a noble act of conscience.

Reviews: 7
Beazezius
This is the first of Anthony Trollope's "Chronicles of Barsetshire" novels, and his first popularly successful novel. The basic plot is that the Warden, Mr. Harding, has 1) a sinecure church position that pays him 800 pounds a year; 2) a reform-minded friend who's trying to abolish church sinecures; 3) a daughter who wants to marry the reform-minded friend; and 4) an existing son-in-law of an Archdeacon who takes defending the Rights of the Church very, very seriously.

If you like Jane Austen novels there's a good chance you'll like this, as the basic plots -- church livings, the marriage prospects of 19th-centry british gentry -- are fairly similar. Trollope's prose here is fairly light and clear, and if not quite as sharply witty as Austen's, no one else's prose is either. Trollope does spill a great deal of ink on lengthy asides to the reader, some of which paint interesting pictures of contemporary British culture and some of which modern readers may find *amazingly* skippable.

Overall, this one's a lightly pleasant example of precisely the sort of intelligent, Victorian parlor romance it's trying to be. If you like this, the next volume in sequence is Barchester Towers; it's a bit more comically satirical, somewhere in between this and P.G. Wodehouse, but almost certainly something you'll enjoy if you liked this one.
Kit
This book is the first of six novels in the Barsetshire series of novels written by Trollope in the 1870s. Trollope is considered to be one of the best authors of Britain's Victorian age. All six volumes are very entertaining reads. These volumes are beautifully produced by Oxford University Press in their World Classics series. Why I choose the title for the review of this book is that this series is a presentation of England at the time it was written. The characters feel they lived in the best of all possible worlds-that the British Empire would rule the world forever and they were the luchiest people ever to be born when and where they were. They are close enough to us for the modern reader to reconise as us. When we read these volumes we see many things wrong with their society. I have the feeling that when people who live 120 years in the future look back they will see us and our society the same way we look back on the characters in these books. You will enjoy these books if you read them-hopefully they will make you think of matters we seldom think of.
Nirad
I bought this after reading an article in The New Yorker about a burgeoning revival of interest in Anthony Trollope. I selected "The Warden" for rather shameful reasons: (a) it was short; and (b) it was inexpensive. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The prose is definitely mannered: it is clearly a product of its era; and mild intrigue within the Church of England is not terribly gripping. However it's a nice period piece, and Trollope does get off a few "good ones", within the context of his time and place. The background is interesting - the politics and economics of caring for the aged poor in 19th century English villages. Quite a nice evening's reading.
Doath
I discovered Anthony Trollope and "The Warden" recently, and it has been like finding buried treasure. I am much richer for it and am now working my way through Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series with equal joy. After that, I look forward to reading his Palliser novels. I suspect my bookshelves will end up with 10-20 examples of Trollpe's works. If you enjoy the style and sensibilities of Jane Austen and her contemporaries, you will love Trollope.
Olwado
I have seen references to Anthony Trollope from time to time for decades, but didn't realise that he was a novelist; I thought he was an essayist. I like The Warden and I like Mr. Harding, the Warden. Trollope's characters seem very real to me. Mr. Harding has flaws, perhaps too willing to float through his life accepting what he is given, but heroically follows his conscience when it matters.
The Kindle version of this book has no problems that I notice. I am now reading the second book in the series.
Wild Python
In the 15th century, Hiram's Hospital was established as a perpetual charitable home for 12 poor old men, each being replaced at his death. Over the years the income from the property of the estate has increased to the point where the warden of the hospital enjoys a substantial salary.
The Rev. Septimus Harding (the Warden), kind, gentle, and conscientious, loves his comfortable position and is loved by the old men under his care - until his life is disrupted by a REFORMER, in the person of young John Bold, who questions the ample income of the warden, while the old men still receive only pennies a day. Bold brings in a solicitor and interests the newspaper The Jupiter (obviously the London Times), which makes the issue a national debate.
Although the church stands behind the warden with all its influence, the gentle Mr. Harding himself begins to doubt the propriety of his position. The matter becomes further complicated when Bold and Harding's daughter Eleanor fall in love.
This first of the six Barsetshire novels is by far the shortest and concentrates almost exclusively on the main plot. (In fact, Trollope inserts a criticism of the long serial novels of the day, although he later adopted that same mode.) "The Warden" is not so rich in detail or in the extensive cultural ambience of the later novels, but it is an excellent introduction to this deservedly acclaimed series. It introduces many vivid characters who grow and develop delightfully in the later novels.