The Palliser series of novels by Anthony Trollope, centred around an invented family of nobles, were concerned with political issues and the mechanics of power. As a link with his Barsetshire novels, one of the central characters, Plantagenet Palliser, had previously appeared in The Small House at Allington. Trollope soon became absorbed with the presentation of the dry, ambitious politician and his brilliant wife Glencora, and later considered that they were the two characters on whom his reputation would rest.

The six books in the series are Can You Forgive Her? (1864), Phineas Finn (1869), The Eustace Diamonds (1873), Phineas Redux (1876), The Prime Minister (1876) and The Duke's Children (1880).