The title character of Barnaby Rudge, a feeble minded individual, is a passive actor who is swept along by events. Based on Gordon Riots of June 1780, the riots reach a climax in the storming and destruction of the Newgate Prison. This work is famous for its descriptions of mob violence which shows Dickens descriptive abilities. First published in 1841.
Dickens tale of private lives and public events takes place in the seething unrest of 1780s London. This is a fictional recreation of the historical facts of the Gordon riots.