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Making Money in Sixteenth-Century FranceCurrency, Culture, and the State$
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Jotham Parsons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451591

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451591.001.0001

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Crimes against the Currency

Crimes against the Currency

(p.193) Chapter 5 Crimes against the Currency
Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France

Jotham Parsons

Cornell University Press

This chapter highlights Charles IV's hobby of inviting cutpurses and pickpockets to ply their trade at his court for their profit and his amusement. This action echoes his creation of a notionally undetectable counterfeit coin. Counterfeiting money was closely connected to other ways of manipulating social power. Protecting the coinage was at the core of the royal duty to provide justice, but at the same time manipulating coinage, for good reasons or bad, remained an essential royal prerogative—one whose boundaries could be especially fuzzy in the context of civil war. In addition, counterfeiting functioned as a shadow version of the system whereby mechanical and intellectual skills could bring their possessors wealth and prestige.

Keywords:   Charles IV, cutpurses, pickpockets, counterfeit coin, counterfeiting, coinage

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