No account of the Gordon Riots
having been to my knowledge introduced into any Work of Fiction, and the subject presenting very extraordinary and remarkable features, I was led to project this Tale.
It burned down in 1780 during the Gordon Riots
and was never rebuilt.
The tragic formula Walpole exploits conditioned readers' responses to political events, such as the Gordon Riots
and the discussions of class and race that the riots triggered.
s study ends with a chapter on Dickens's Barnaby Rudge (1841), set during the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots
Extracts from the journals have been published before, often in relation to studies of Fanny Burney's life or London operatic life in the 1780s, and Susan's vivid description of the Gordon Riots
(1780), which she saw unfolding from the observatory in her family home (which formerly belonged to Sir Isaac Newton), is justifiably well known to social historians.
While the Bow Street location and its records were destroyed in the Gordon Riots
of June 1780, Beattie has made excellent use of the existing financial accounts Fielding submitted to the government in the 1750s and 1760s, as well as Home Office and Old Bailey archives.
This collection is not concerned with rehashing the now well known facts about the riots but with bringing 'the Gordon riots
out from under the shadow of the French Revolution and to return the "June days" to their original context of Georgian politics and culture'.
In her second chapter, she examines the depictions of the Gordon Riots
of 1780 in Maria Edgeworth's Harrington and Charles Dickens's Barnaby Rudge.
Which means the idea of berating him is as pointless as muttering about the Gordon Riots
, demanding the banning of under-age chimney sweeps, or arguing for the imposition of female suffrage.
Newton visited his employer and made drawings of him and his fellow inmates (who included Lord George Gordon, after whom the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots
Chapters 2 and 3 discuss differing Catholic and Protestant representations of the early church and of reformation history, respectively; chapter 4 examines varying responses to the Gordon riots
of 1780 and the Jacobite rebellion of 1745; chapter 5 contrasts Catholic and Protestant deployments of fortress / castle imagery; and chapter 6--one of the book's more interesting ones, in my opinion--discusses "Newman's ideas and feelings relating to his conversion to and membership of the Roman Catholic Church" (47).
In fact, this deliverance from a Catholic monarch in 1688 became one of the things celebrated on the occasion during the ensuing century, excitement being especially activated in response to the Jacobin risings and in the Gordon riots
, carrying a sense of "God's special favouring of the English and the ongoing popish threat against them" (109) throughout the eighteenth century (there was a last gasp of this excitement in the agitation over the "papal aggression" when a Roman Catholic hierarchy was founded in England in the 1850s).