Tobias B. Hug

in Impostures in Early Modern England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079849
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702413 | DOI:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about impostors and impostures in early modern England. Early modern English men and women regarded a wide range of activities as impostures. The term impostor usually referred to someone who deliberately deceived, cheated or swindled others, and to anyone who assumed some feature of identity that was not his own. The victims of impostors ranged from peasants to monarchs, and included prestigious scientific institutions.

Keywords: impostors; impostures; England; identity; peasants; monarchs; scientific institutions

Chapter.  3281 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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