The Warden

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

Amongst the great popular novelists of the nineteenth century who are still read today, Anthony Trollope stands alongside his contemporary, Charles Dickens. His two series of novels, the political (The Pallisers) and the clerical (The Barsetshire Chronicles) are the best known. This book is the first of the Barsetshire series and was also Trollope’s first really successful novel.

In the mid nineteenth century there were a number of financial scandals in the Church of England including those of Rochester, where the endowments which should have supported the King’s School Canterbury had been diverted to the Dean and Chapter; and of the hospital of St Cross at Winchester where the Rev. Francis North, later the Earl of Guildford, had been appointed to the mastership of the hospital by his father the bishop. The revenues of the hospital were very considerable, the work involved minimal. The scandal soon broke.

Trollope based ‘The Warden’ on the St Cross case, but in the novel the Warden is a kindly, devoted, priest, beloved by all that knew him and is racked by fear that he is accepting money to which he is not entitled. His antagonist is his prospective son-in-law John Bold and his (somewhat unwelcome) ally is one of Trollope’s strongest characters, the Archdeacon of Barchester, Dr. Theophilus Grantly. (summary by Andy Minter)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Group: Anthony Trollope - Barsetshire Series

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Hiram’s Hospital Andy Minter
00:15:09
Play 02 The Barchester Reformer Andy Minter
00:27:19
Play 03 The Bishop of Barchester Kara Shallenberg
00:27:16
Play 04 Hiram’s Bedesmen Kristin LeMoine
00:18:51
Play 05 Dr Grantly Visits the Hospital Chip
00:26:13
Play 06 The Warden’s Tea Party Andy Minter
00:27:22
Play 07 The Jupiter Andy Minter
00:12:14
Play 08 Plumstead Episcopi Andy Minter
00:25:10
Play 09 The Conference Andy Minter
00:22:05
Play 10 Tribulation Andy Minter
00:20:48
Play 11 Iphigenia Kara Shallenberg
00:33:23
Play 12 Mr Bold’s Visit to Plumstead Andy Minter
00:18:43
Play 13 The Warden’s Decision Andy Minter
00:16:19
Play 14 Mount Olympus AliceG
00:24:12
Play 15 Tom Towers, Dr Anticant, and Mr Sentiment Andy Minter
00:29:07
Play 16 A Long Day in London Anita Roy Dobbs
00:31:11
Play 17 Sir Abraham Haphazard Andy Minter
00:15:10
Play 18 The Warden Is Very Obstinate Mike Gardom
00:12:38
Play 19 The Warden Resigns Mike Gardom
00:22:49
Play 20 Farewell Andy Minter
00:25:23
Play 21 Conclusion Andy Minter
00:10:53