Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 March 2020

224 Pages | 23 illustrations

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198734888

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The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder

Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England

Karen Harvey

  • Based on extensive new archival research
  • The first in-depth micro-history of this extraordinary case
  • Uncovers new evidence of Mary Toft's experiences, her husband's political activity, and the criminal and political context of the case by elites
  • It explores the motivations of the medical men, considers why the case attracted the attention of the King and powerful men in government, and follows the case through the criminal justice system.
  • The case exposes huge social and cultural changes in English history.