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Charles Dickens
   wrote   
Barnaby Rudge
Historical novel with plot based on the "no-popery" or Gordon riots of 1780 in Great Britain
Edward Chester
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Son of John, eventually overcomes the opposition of his father and her uncle and marries Emma Haredale. The couple relocate to the West Indies.
John Chester
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Father of Edward, tries to prevent Edward's marriage to Emma Haredale. Becomes a member of Parliament. Killed in a duel by Emma's uncle Geoffrey.
Tom Cobb
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Friend of John Willet at the Maypole Inn.
Soloman Daisy
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Clerk and bell-ringer at the parish church in Chigwell. Friend of John Willet at the Maypole Inn. Daisy tells the story of Reuben Haredale's murder.
Ned Dennis
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Executioner at Tyburn, becomes involved in the Gordon Riots and is executed.
Sir John Fielding
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Blind half-brother of novelist Henry Fielding (Tom Jones). Magistrate at Bow Street. Dickens has him at the scene of the Gordon Riots when, in fact, Fielding was on his deathbed at the time of the riots.
Gashford
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Lord George Gordon's hypocritical secretary. He urges the rioters to exact revenge on Geoffrey Haredale who had exposed his treacherous ways. He abandons Lord Gordon when the riots are suppressed by soldiers and becomes a government spy. He later poisons himself.
Lord George Gordon
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
1750-1793 Historical figure and leader of the Gordon (anti-Catholic) Riots (1780)
John Grueby
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Loyal servant of Lord George Gordon who tries to isolate Gordon from the rioters when the protest turns to violence.
Emma Haredale
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Daughter of the murdered Reuben and niece of Geoffrey. She eventually marries Edward Chester
Geoffrey Haredale
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Brother of the murdered Reuben and uncle of Emma. Suspected of being responsible for the murder of his brother, he spends his life in pursuit of the real killer. A Catholic, his house is burned in the Gordon Riots. He fights a duel with Sir John Chester, kills him, and leaves the country.
Reuben Haredale
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Brother of Geoffrey, father of Emma. Murdered before the story begins.
Hugh
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Hostler at the Maypole. Joins the rioters in London and is later hanged. Revealed to be the son of Sir John Chester.
Langdale
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Kindly vintner and distiller in Holborn based on an historical figure. The Catholic Langdale shelters Geoffrey Haredale from the rioters. His home and warehouse are burned in the riots, his stores of spirits are consumed by the mob.
Miggs
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Maid in the Varden household. Comically allies with Martha Varden against her husband. Miggs aids the rioters when they attempt to capture Gabriel. She is discharged after the riots and becomes a jailor in a woman's prison.
Phil Parkes
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Friend of John Willet at the Maypole Inn.
Mary Rudge
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Barnaby's mother, goes to great lengths to keep Barnaby away from his father who has murdered Reuben Haredale.
Stagg
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Blind member of the 'Prentice Knights with Simon Tappertit. He joins Barnaby Rudge Sr. trying to extort money from Mary Rudge. Killed when he tries to run from officers arresting Hugh, Barnaby, and Rudge Sr.
Simon Tappertit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Locksmith Gabriel Varden's apprentice who is in love with Gabriel's daughter, Dolly. He becomes a leader of the rioters during the Gordon Riots and during the fighting loses his slender legs, long his pride and joy. After the uprising he is fitted with wooden legs and becomes a bootblack.
Dolly Varden
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Daughter of Gabriel and Martha, friend of Emma Haredale, loved by Joe Willet who she eventually marries.
Gabriel Varden
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Honest locksmith and owner of the Golden Key where Simon Tappertit is apprenticed. Father of Dolly and long-suffering husband of Martha. He is a friend of Barnaby's mother and, after the Gordon riots, helps clear Barnaby's name.
Martha Varden
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Overbearing wife of Gabriel, mother of Dolly. A woman of "uncertain temper" and a fanatical protestant, her fanaticism is tempered after the riots when she witnesses the heroics of her husband
Joe Willet
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Son of John who resents his fathers treatment of him, he joins the army and loses an arm in the American Revolution, later marries Dolly Varden. The couple become proprietors of the rebuilt Maypole Inn.
John Willet
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Proprietor of the Maypole Inn and father of Joe. Father and son quarrel when John treats the adult Joe as a child and Joe leaves, joining the army. John witnesses the destruction of the Maypole by the rioters. He is later reconciled with his son who, along with wife Dolly, become proprietors of the rebuilt Maypole.
Dolly Varden
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Daughter of Gabriel and Martha, friend of Emma Haredale, loved by Joe Willet who she eventually marries.
Joe Willet
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Son of John who resents his fathers treatment of him, he joins the army and loses an arm in the American Revolution, later marries Dolly Varden. The couple become proprietors of the rebuilt Maypole Inn.
John Willet
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Proprietor of the Maypole Inn and father of Joe. Father and son quarrel when John treats the adult Joe as a child and Joe leaves, joining the army. John witnesses the destruction of the Maypole by the rioters. He is later reconciled with his son who, along with wife Dolly, become proprietors of the rebuilt Maypole.
Langdale
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Kindly vintner and distiller in Holborn based on an historical figure. The Catholic Langdale shelters Geoffrey Haredale from the rioters. His home and warehouse are burned in the riots, his stores of spirits are consumed by the mob.
Lord George Gordon
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
1750-1793 Historical figure and leader of the Gordon (anti-Catholic) Riots (1780)
Martha Varden
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Overbearing wife of Gabriel, mother of Dolly. A woman of "uncertain temper" and a fanatical protestant, her fanaticism is tempered after the riots when she witnesses the heroics of her husband
Mary Rudge
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Barnaby's mother, goes to great lengths to keep Barnaby away from his father who has murdered Reuben Haredale.
Miggs
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Barnaby Rudge
Maid in the Varden household. Comically allies with Martha Varden against her husband. Miggs aids the rioters when they attempt to capture Gabriel. She is discharged after the riots and becomes a jailor in a woman's prison.
Ned Dennis
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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Executioner at Tyburn, becomes involved in the Gordon Riots and is executed.






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