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The Warden

Longmans Reader’s Report: ‘This story takes its rise from the recent expose of the abuses that have crept into Cathedral and Hospital Trusts. The characters are well drawn and happily distinguished, and the whole story is pervaded by a vein of quiet humour and satire’. The Warden forms the first part of the six Barchester Chronicles.

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The Warden

A book from the Barchester Series

Introduced by Owen Chadwick

ISBN 9781870587402

172 pages Hardback

Publication 1995


The scene is laid in a cathedral town: and the chief characters consist of the precentor, a good-natured conscientious clergyman who is at the same time warden of an adjoining hospital; his son-in-law, the archdeacon, a keen and ardent churchman; the bishop- easy, indolent and benevolent; and an eager reformer of Church abuses who is in love with the warden’s younger daughter and in whose internal conflict between love and duty lies the main interest of the story.

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