A rebellion in Egyptian controlled Sudan threatened English outposts. The Gladstone liberal government in London had little interest in putting down a popular revolt against the Mahdi. But it was felt that British interests in the region could not be abandoned, left to be slaughtered. It was decided a limited expedition should be sent to Khartoum under General Gordon to oversee the withdrawal of British interests. This was a decision which lead to the rise of a Victorian Colonial hero, a crusading christian butchered as the city fell after a long siege… When we interrogate the “image” we find a series of bad decisions, the commander in the field disobeying orders all of which lead to Gordon becoming a Christian Martyr in the London press a the time.