Conference : Impostors and identity fraud in 18th century Paris


  • 1 October 2014 16:00
  • JCG Hall Jersey College for Girls
  • FREE!
  • Conference

“Impostors and identity fraud in 18th century Paris”

How does one forge an identity? Which new persona to choose? What might be gained, and what are the risks? To answer these questions, we open the archives of the Bastille to revive the voices of a host of forgotten characters, from a fake Arabian prince to a wigmaker’s daughter who passes herself off as an Austrian countess, as well as a ‘nun’ who claimed to have fought as a soldier. These and other fraudulent figures emerge from the shadows of the Enlightenment to enrich our understanding of pre-Revolutionary France.

Please join us for this fascinating lecture to be delivered by Dr Thomas Wynn from Durham University.

Date: Wednesday 1st October

Time: 4.00 - 5.00pm

Venue: JCG Hall