Impostures in Early Modern England: Representations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities (Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain)

Impostures in Early Modern England: Representations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities (Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain)

By: Tobias B. Hug (author), Alexandra Gajda (series_editor), Peter Lake (series_editor), Anthony Milton (series_editor), Jason Peacey (series_editor)Hardback

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Description

Impostors and impostures featured prominently in the political, social and religious life of early modern England. Who was likely to be perceived as impostor, and why? This book offers the first full-scale analysis of an important and multifaceted phenomenon. Tobias B. Hug examines a wide range of sources, from judicial archives and other official records to chronicles, newspapers, ballads, pamphlets and autobiographical writings. This closely argued and pioneering book will be of interest to specialists, students and anyone concerned with the timeless questions of why and how individuals fashion, re-fashion and make sense of their selves.

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About Author

Tobias B. Hug is Associate Fellow of the History Department at the University of Warwick

Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Part I Identifying impostures in early modern England 1 Counterfeit beggars, bogus cunning folk and bigamists 2 Tricksters and officialdom - bogus officials and forgers 3 Quacks - all notorious medical impostors? 4 Prophets and visionaries, possessed and exorcists - all religious impostors? 5 'The unfortunate whose kingdom is not of this world' - political impostures 6 Ethnic impostors Counterfeit Egyptians 7 Gentleman impostors Part II Imposture and autobiography 8 The self-representation and self-perception of William Fuller (1670-1733) Conclusion Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/10/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780719079849
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780719079849
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0719079845

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