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Impostures in Early Modern EnglandRepresentations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities$
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Tobias B. Hug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079849

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.001.0001

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Tricksters and officialdom – bogus officials and forgers

Tricksters and officialdom – bogus officials and forgers

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(p.34) Chapter 2 Tricksters and officialdom – bogus officials and forgers
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Impostures in Early Modern England
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Tobias B. Hug

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.003.0003

This chapter deals with bogus officials and forgers in early modern England. It contends that the bureaucratisation process resulted in problems with the clear roles and identification of officials, and contributed to the rise of bogus officials. The chapter explains that while bogus officials tried to impersonate officials by means of a forged document, the forgers are temporary impostors with the primary intention of gaining money or property by forging letters, bonds, bills or even a will in the name of real personages.

Keywords:   bogus officials, forgers, England, bureaucratisation, real personages

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