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Renaissance Impostors and Proofs of Identity

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
    Pages 1-15
  3. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
    Pages 16-67
  4. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
    Pages 68-96
  5. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
    Pages 97-120
  6. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
    Pages 121-136
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    Pages 137-161
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  9. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
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  10. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
    Pages 218-221
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 222-291

About this book


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 Gypsies - all these caused deep anxiety, leading authorities to invent increasingly sophisticated means for unmasking deception.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael

About the authors

MIRIAM ELIAV-FELDON is Professor of Modern History at Tel Aviv University, Israel. 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).

Bibliographic information


"Miriam Eliav-Feldon has produced an invaluable account of the remarkably wide range of modes of imposture that were employed by men and women in early modern Europe. ... Renaissance Impostors is well written, carefully organized, and supremely accessible. ... All those who study early modern European history and culture, from undergraduates to established specialists, will find these pages to be thought provoking, and Eliav-Feldon's book should deservedly find its way onto syllabi in a wide range of fields for years to come." - The Journal of Modern History