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Renaissance impostors and proofs of identity

Author: Miriam Eliav-Feldon
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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Early Modern Europe was an "Age of Impostors". Religious dissimulation was rife not only in Iberia with its crypto-Jews and crypto-Muslims, but also, following the Reformation, wherever non-conformists had to conceal their beliefs. Geographical expansion offered various opportunities for forging new identities ₆ as envoys of imaginary princes or as cross-dressers living for years as members of the opposite sex.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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(OCoLC)226357012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam Eliav-Feldon
ISBN: 9781137291370 1137291370 1349361380 9781349361380
OCLC Number: 824522182
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 291 pages)
Contents: Introducing an age of impostors --
Religious dissimulation --
False ambassadors, fabulous lands --
Underworlds --
Gypsies, or Such as do counterfeit --
The body as evidence --
Judging by appearances --
Paperwork : identification documents --
Conclusion : reserving judgement.
Responsibility: Miriam Eliav-Feldon.

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Early Modern Europe was teeming with impostors. Identity theft was only one form of misrepresentation: royal pretenders, envoys from imaginary lands, religious dissimulators, cross-dressers, false  Read more...

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