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Tricksters and officialdom – bogus officials and forgers

Tobias B. Hug

in Impostures in Early Modern England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079849
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.003.0003
Tricksters and officialdom – bogus officials and forgers

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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

Chapter.  6603 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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