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Tobias B. Hug

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.

in Impostures in early modern England