Sketches of Imposture, Deception, and Credulity

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Richard Alfred Davenport 1845
English
  • Chapter I: Introductory Remarks
  • Chapter II: On Ancient Oracles, etc.
  • Chapter III: False Messiahs, Prophets, and Miracles, Part 1
  • Chapter III: False Messiahs, Prophets, and Miracles, Part 2
  • Chapter IV: Roman Catholic Superstitions, etc.
  • Chapter V: Royal Imposters
  • Chapter VI: Disguises Assumed by, or in Behalf of, Royalty, Part 1
  • Chapter VI: Disguises Assumed by, or in Behalf of, Royalty, Part 2
  • Chapter VII: Military Strategems
  • Chapter VIII: Malingering, or Simulation of Diseases
  • Chapter IX: Miscellaneous Imposters and Impostures, Part 1
  • Chapter IX: Miscellaneous Imposters and Impostures, Part 2
  • Chapter X: Literary Imposters and Disguises, Part 1
  • Chapter X: Literary Imposters and Disguises, Part 2
  • Chapter X: Literary Imposters and Disguises, Part 3
  • Chapter XI: Impostures in Engraving
  • Chapter XII: Forged Inscriptions and Spurious Medals
  • Chapter XIII: Attempt to Steal the Regalia from the Tower
  • Chapter XIV: Vampyrism
  • Chapter XV: Juggling
  • Chapter XVI: Prodigies
  • Chapter XVII: The Delusions of Alchemy
  • Chapter XVIII: Astrology
  • Chapter XIX: Medical Delusions and Frauds, Part 1
  • Chapter XIX: Medical Delusions and Frauds, Part 2
  • Concluding Chapter: Miscellaneous
This book contains many brief tales from history of commoners pretending to be kings and kings pretending to be commoners. Learn the fate of a Dutch merchant who wanted a kiss from the disguised Peter the Great's wife. Learn how a farmer's daughter born in 1750 in England gained attention and fame in many lands, and why her death was disbelieved. Learn about early vampires and ghosts. Find out the answers to these and other stories within this book. (Summary by mleigh)

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