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A Plague of InformersConspiracy and Political Trust in William III's England$
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Rachel Weil

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171044

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171044.001.0001

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Credit and Credibility in the Worlds of Richard Kingston

Credit and Credibility in the Worlds of Richard Kingston

(p.188) Chapter 5 Credit and Credibility in the Worlds of Richard Kingston
A Plague of Informers

Rachel Weil

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Richard Kingston and the ways his service to the state impacted his own credibility and that of the government. Kingston was a paid intelligence agent, a pamphleteer, and a figure of enough notoriety to symbolize the ambiguities of the government’s credit in his own person. His life and writings show how knowledge of conspiracy was made and presented to the public as well as the struggle with personal credibility faced by a person who made and presented that knowledge.

Keywords:   Williamite regime, informers, intelligence agents, credibility

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