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Impostures in Early Modern EnglandRepresentations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities$
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Tobias B. Hug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079849

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.001.0001

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Gentleman impostors

Gentleman impostors

(p.130) Chapter 7 Gentleman impostors
Impostures in Early Modern England

Tobias B. Hug

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on gentleman impostors and people who attempted to realise a noble life in order to make up for their imaginary or lost world. It analyses literary representations of gentlemen impostors and argues that they reflect a shift in meaning of the concept of gentility which created uncertainties over gentility itself, and who could be considered to qualify. The chapter also examines the cases of impostors Elizabeth Thornborough, William Morrell and William Stroud, and suggests that their experience highlights the importance of property and consumerism within the socioeconomic context of the period between the late seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries.

Keywords:   gentleman impostors, noble life, literary representations, gentility, Elizabeth Thornborough, William Morrell, William Stroud, property, consumerism

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