Tricksters and officialdom – bogus officials and forgers
in Impostures in early modern England
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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.

Impostures in early modern England

Representations and perceptions of fraudulent identities

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