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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about impostors and impostures in early modern England. The first part of this book analyses the phenomenon and its variety, and explores incidents showing the common characteristics of imposture, and to whom and why the labels impostor and imposture were applied; and the second examines the life of William Fuller, who assumed different elite roles during his lifetime.

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Impostures in early modern England

Representations and perceptions of fraudulent identities

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