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  • By John Pateman
    Nov 8, 2009
    "What Dark History is This " This is the story of William Pateman, who took part in the Gordon Riots which rocked Georgian London in 1780. The Gordon Riots were triggered by anti Catholic sentiment, but there were also a number of underlying causes such as high taxes and unjust and repressive laws. Among the rioters were two Gypsies (Joseph and Robert Lovell)and three mmembers of London's Black community (John Glover,Benjamin Bowsey and Charlotte Gardiner). Charles Dickens used the Gordon Riots as the backdrop for his novel Barnaby Rudge (1841) which was subtitled 'A Tale of the Riots of Eighty'. It was Dickens who posed the question What Dark History is This? His novel was a warning to Victorian society of the latent power and violence of the Mob. Not much is known about William Pateman. He appears to have been an honest and hard working craftsman who, like many others, was carried away by the Riots. William was arrested and put on trial for destroying the house of... More > Robert Charlton in Coleman Street on 7 June 1780. At his Old Bailey trial several witnessed described William's part in the Riots as a ring leader or 'captain'. Other people who knew William testified to his good character. William was sentenced to death and hanged on 11 July 1780 at the scene of his crime in Coleman Street. He was one of 25 Rioters who paid the ultimate price for their resistance to an oppressive state.< Less
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Pateran Press
February 22, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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