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Impostress

The Dishonest Adventures of Sarah Wilson

R.J. Clarke

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HISTORY PRESS
01 July 2019
Imposter, fraudster, rogue. Beginning in her late teens, Sarah Wilson travelled England on wits alone, often reinventing herself as an aristocrat's daughter and twisting her tale to match her mark. She fooled the rich, the poor and the powerful into providing her with food, shelter, money and expensive clothes. Eventually caught and transported to America, she escaped her new master and resumed her dishonest scheming. This time it was the ruse of a lifetime: she became the honoured guest of the rich plantation owners of the deep south as Queen Charlotte's sister. So successful was her deception that she remained the queen's sister: she was in Boston during the Tea Party, and gained the support of various New England puritans and of active supporters of the American Revolution. Based on evidence in contemporary documents, here R.J. Clarke captures the atmosphere of the era and takes the reader along to experience Sarah's dishonest but remarkable adventures. AUTHOR: R.J. Clarke is a volunteer researcher for the Victoria County History Hampshire project, and an established author whose detailed and ground-breaking research turned up a fascinating real-life Moll Flanders in the form of Sarah Wilson. He gives regular talks on historical subjects and has appeared on television, including on The One Show. He lives in Basingstoke. 30 b/w illustrations
By:   R.J. Clarke
Imprint:   HISTORY PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780750989923
ISBN 10:   0750989920
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

R.J. Clarke is a volunteer researcher for the Victoria County History Hampshire project, and an established author whose detailed and ground-breaking research turned up a fascinating real-life Moll Flanders in the form of Sarah Wilson. He gives regular talks on historical subjects and has appeared on television, including on The One Show. He lives in Basingstoke.

Reviews for Impostress: The Dishonest Adventures of Sarah Wilson

Fascinating example of historical female criminality, as well as those she defrauded, the prostitutes, pickpockets and highwaymen she lived with and those dangerous people she was transported with


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