The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England

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The first monograph about the case of Mary Toft, who engaged in a monstrous birth hoax in 1726. The book contains new research into the local community, regional and national politics, and the important context of women's lives. It presents several new arguments about the case and early-eighteenth-century England, notably the participation of women in political protest and the faltering steps being taken away from a discredited supernatural reading of the natural world and towards an Enlightened materialist application of reason.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9780191054082
ISBN (Print) 9780198734888
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2020


  • social history
  • history of medicine
  • cultural history


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