The Duke's Children

The Duke's Children

by Anthony Trollope

Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief. Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children. Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires. Sent down from university in disgrace, his two sons quickly begin to run up gambling debts. His only daughter, meanwhile, longs passionately to marry the poor son of a county squire against her father's will. But while the Duke's dearest wishes for the three are thwarted one by one, he ultimately comes to understand that parents can learn from their own children.The final volume in the Palliser novels, The Duke's Children (1880) is a compelling exploration of wealth, pride and ultimately the strength of love.

  • Series: Palliser
  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.04
  • Pages: 525
  • Publish Date: July 1st 2006 by Penguin Books
  • Isbn10: 0140433449
  • Isbn13: 9780140433449

What People Think about "The Duke's Children"

About every month, I would come back to familiar settings and characters and especially wondering how it will all end. Don't get me wrong I loved it but I did not think that as I read on that these two series were quite the treasure that they ended up for me! The next in the series started more characters interplay and social issue combined which continued to be Trollope's formula for success throughout. Though religion and politics are the crux of these series, the human interactions are the key which makes the story exciting to read. Thinking back at this it is so unlike him and one wonders if Trollope when first thinking of this character changed his mind to his personality and virtuous behavior. The Palliser from the series is quite the true person of honesty and would not be thinking of an affair with a married women. In this story an American girl comes to England and has taken a liking for a man of rank. "And he thought that there were certain changes going on in the management of the world which his father did not quite understand. I love my travels with these characters and Trollope gives stories with heart. I am sorry of this coming to an end but so many more stories of his I have yet to read and maybe a character from these series maybe mentioned!

I'd have liked to read it, but there isn't an ebook version.

The brightest star of the Palliser family had been extinguished, and I was so sorry that I would never meet Lady Glencora again, and that I would never see her with her children, upon whom the spotlight falls in this story. And while I wish that he hadnt done it, I think I can understand why he did; The Dukes Children speaks about how the world changes, and about how one generation may have such different ideas, and may or may not learn, from their parents or from their children. Well, children who had inherited the very different strengths of their mother and father might have changed the world, but these children seemed to have inherited quite a few of their weaknesses. He struggled with the knowledge that the Duchess had sanctioned the match shortly before her death, and that the Duchess had been prohibited from marrying the man she loved and steered towards a more advantageous match with him.That was heartbreaking, and as Lady Mary proved herself to be as wilful as her mother and as intransigent as her father, it was hard to see how both could be happy. Of course she became embittered It would seem that Trollope too accepted that the world was changing. I am so sorry that the story doesnt continue, and that I have to part company with so many wonderful characters; but I am so glad that I now know why so many readers love Trollope, and that I still have a great many of his books ahead of me to read.

I ended up reading the novel because I wanted to see how the series would be ended and I felt I owed it to the remaining characters to see how they fared.

This is a review of the Everyman Library Edition of Anthony Trollopes The Dukes Children. That said I am not that positive that The Dukes Children would form the basis of my argument that Trollope is a great writer. The Pallisers or Political novels were originally meant to be 4 books. Book 5, The Prime Minister has very little to do with politics. Across the series, politics have formed a back drop, allowing characters to have something to do and Trollope to pen some of his slyest satire. In Book 5 his central character, The Duke of Omnium and Gatherum is Prime Minister and has nothing to do. While other books have given us comedic figures and regular stings at the expense of British Politics, The Dukes Children lack much in the way of a light touch. Least you conclude that the Duke is revealed as the Evil presence in the book a little historic context may soften this notion. As a Duke, Palliser is not directly under those rules, but a man of his character would feel the weight of the implied duties of the not quite royal as of great importance. An additional issue clouding the decision for both Father and Daughter, if less so for the son, is that Palliser had not been his wifes choice as a husband. That is, in The Dukes Children we have a last look into a complex and deeply built set of characters and sense of place.

On the first page of the novel Trollope kills off the strongest female character in the series, Lady Glencora Palliser, the Duchess of Omnium. Trollope has great fun with them all and ties up all his loose ends; apart from poor Mabel Grex who sets her sights on silverbridge and Frank Tregear and manages to lose them both; ending up embittered.

Here, we are told of the lives and loves of the Duke of Omnium's children. I feel greatly privileged to have heard the time and opportunity of reading this novel. Things have changed and the winds of change started blowing from during the time of Trollope. The other cause of the Duke's sorrow and probably the most disturbing is the love between his daughter, Lady Mary and the lowly Frank Treager. I believe that we should make time for Trollope and you will not regret.

And so Trollope's Palliser series comes to a close. And, having been more interested in his life in politics than money, he also was not at home much to enjoy and influence his children as many fathers do. But no such simple assurance was ever believed, and I doubt even whether any description will procure for me from the reader that amount of faith which I desire to achieve. But I must make the attempt.Having now finished both of Trollope's series, I look forward to reading the other 30-something of his standalone novels.

The Prime Minister and this last volume tell us all we need to know about the problems of being true to one's principles in the political and parliamentary hurly-burly.

Loved this series of books and feel sad now it's come to an end.

Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era.