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Impostures in Early Modern England: Representations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities

Tobias B. Hug


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 a full-scale analysis of this multifaceted phenomenon. Using approaches drawn from historical anthropology and micro-history, it investigates changes and continuities within the impostor phenomenon from 1500 to the late eighteenth century, exploring the variety of representations and perceptions of impostors, and their deeper meanings within the specific contexts of social, political, religious, institutional an ... More

Keywords: impostors, impostures, early modern England, historical anthropology, micro-history, judicial archives, chronicles, newspapers, ballads, false identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079849
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tobias B. Hug, author