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The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd
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The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London

Donna Andrew

Abstract

This book tells the remarkable story of a complex forgery uncovered in London in 1775. The Perreau-Rudd case—filled with scandal, deceit, and mystery—preoccupied a public hungry for sensationalism. Peopled with such familiar figures as John Wilkes, King George III, Lord Mansfield, and James Boswell, this story reveals the deep anxieties of this period of English capitalism. The case acts as a prism that reveals the hopes, fears, and prejudices of that society. Above all, this episode presents a parable of the 1770s, when London was the center of European finance and national politics, of fashi ... More

Keywords: forgery, London, Robert Perreau, Daniel Perreau, Margaret Caroline Rudd, crime, trial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520220621
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520220621.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donna Andrew, author