When the peaceful atmosphere of Barchester is destroyed by a scandal concerning the
financial affairs of an almshouse, Septimus Harding, the kindly warden who devotes his
life to the care of the establishment’s twelve elderly residents, finds himself in conflict
with his daughter’s suitor, the zealous reformer Dr John Bold, who employs the full
might of the press against his prospective father-in-law.
The first in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series, The Warden is both a humorous satire
of the Church of England and a poignant insight into the manner in which public matters
impact private lives.