Renaissance Impostors and Proofs of Identity: Exposing Imposters

Hardcover | November 27, 2012

byMiriam Eliav-Feldon

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Early Modern Europe was teeming with impostors. Identity theft (as in the case of Martin Guerre) was only one form of misrepresentation: royal pretenders, envoys from imaginary lands, religious dissimulators, cross-dressers, false Gypsies - all these were causing deep anxiety, which led authorities to invent increasingly sophisticated means for unmasking deception. From theories about racial characteristics, through branding or distinctive garments, down to permits and passports - such were the weapons in the struggle to attain reliable verification of every person's identity.

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Early Modern Europe was teeming with impostors. Identity theft (as in the case of Martin Guerre) was only one form of misrepresentation: royal pretenders, envoys from imaginary lands, religious dissimulators, cross-dressers, false Gypsies - all these were causing deep anxiety, which led authorities to invent increasingly sophisticate...

MIRIAM ELIAV-FELDON is a professor of Modern History at Tel Aviv University. She is Head of the Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies and Editor-in-chief of Zmanim - A Historical Quarterly. She has also authored numerous books, including Realistic Utopias (OUP, 1982) and Le périple de Francesco Pucci (Hachette, 1988).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 10.83 × 5.69 × 1 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230547060

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Table of Contents

Preface
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
Bibliography
Index