Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature and History

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Animated by scandals, scoundrels and imposters, this collection, with contributions from prominent scholars of literature, history and law, seeks to address issues of identity, trust and deception in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain through the optic of the twin concepts of legitimacy and illegitimacy

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Animated by scandals, scoundrels and imposters, this collection, with contributions from prominent scholars of literature, history and law, seeks to address issues of identity, trust and deception in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain through the optic of the twin concepts of legitimacy and illegitimacy

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MARGOT FINN is Head of Department of History at the University of Warwick, UK.

MICHAEL LOBBAN is Professor of Legal History at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

JENNY BOURNE TAYLOR is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, UK.

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Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction: Spurious Issues Jenny Bourne Taylor Taylor, Jenny Bourne 1

2 The Barlow Bastards: Romance Comes Home from the Empire Margot Finn Finn, Margot 25

3 On Settling and Being Unsettled: Legitimacy and Settlement around 1850 Josephine McDonagh McDonagh, Josephine 48

4 Unauthorized Identities: The Impostor, the Fake and the Secret History in Nineteenth-Century Britain Rohan McWilliam McWilliam, Rohan 67

5 The Fauntleroy Forgeries and the Making of White-Collar Crime Randall McGowen McGowen, Randall 93

6 Commercial Morality and the Common Law: or, Paying the Price of Fraud in the Later Nineteenth Century Michael Lobban Lobban, Michael 119

7 Dirty Laundry: Exposing Bad Behaviour in Life Insurance Trials, 1830-90 Timothy Alborn Alborn, Timothy 148

Afterword Jenny Bourne Taylor Taylor, Jenny Bourne 173

Bibliography 175

Index 187

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