"Let me take a moment to say that I loved this theme [of authority]. As I recently explained, for deep-rooted philosophical and theological reasons, I'm not a feminist. These days, standing up in support of traditional Christian patriarchy will get you shot full of holes in no time, even within the Church, and it's become trendy to talk about misogyny as something that's institutionalised in the Christian patriarchal church and family. I believe that's a false picture, partly because of books like this one: not being a feminist emphatically doesn't mean thinking a woman occupies a place in the food chain roughly between doormats and dog-fleas.
"And I loved, loved, loved the balance and beauty of the picture of familial authority given in The Last Chronicle of Barset."
From the blog of Suzannah Rowntree, Vintage Novels on Anthony Trollope's The Last Chronicle of Barset