Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


Barchester. Episcopal seat of the Church of England’s diocese of Barset, the site of the bishop’s palace as well as all the ecclesiastical politics, which involves the Reverend Josiah Crawley’s trials after being accused of stealing a bank draft. Bishop Proudie and his wife are the chief powers of the town. In fact, Mrs. Proudie leads the bishop by the nose and is actively working against the honest but obtuse Crawley. Barchester is also the site of the dean and chapter, who also wield influence in matters spiritual and temporal.


Hogglestock. Small bleak parish of which the Reverend Josiah Crawley is the perpetual curate. While no one in his right mind could aspire to live in this god-forsaken hamlet, Crawley serves his poor parishioners well. Nevertheless, Mrs. Proudie conspires to oust him for malfeasance and insert her obsequious dependant, the Reverend Caleb Thumble, in his place.


Silverbridge. Town on the railway line in Barset where Crawley is taken to face legal charges after he is accused of stealing a bank check. His daughter Grace, the romantic heroine of a subplot of the novel, teaches at the Misses Prettyman’s School in Silverbridge but resigns her post in shame because of her father’s accusation.


*London. Great Britain’s capital city is the site of the office of the barrister Thomas...

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(Great Characters in Literature)

apRoberts, Ruth. The Moral Trollope. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1971. Discusses Trollope’s efforts as a moralist; helpful in thinking about this particular novel.

Booth, Bradford A. Anthony Trollope: Aspects of His Life and Art. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1958. Discusses how Trollope’s view of the world, particularly the religious and political world, affected his fiction thematically and aesthetically.

Cockshut, A. O. J. Anthony Trollope: A Critical Study. London: Collins, 1955. Trollope’s entire career, with substantial discussion of the Barsetshire series and this novel in particular.

Davies, Hugh Sykes. Trollope. London: Published for the British Council by Longmans, Green, 1960. Short pamphlet that provides an accurate, succinct introduction to a long, complicated career.

Edwards, P. D. Anthony Trollope. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968. Short study of Trollope’s work with a section on The Last Chronicle of Barset. Uses extracts from the novels to discuss specific topics. A good starting place.

Gill, Stephen. Introduction to The Last Chronicle of Barset. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1980. Attractive, short introduction to the novel and its relation to the other works in the Barsetshire series.