Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors

Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors

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By (author) Clive Cheesman , By (author) Jonathan Williams

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 01 Aug 2002
  • BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
  • London
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 4 col pls, 120 b/w illus
  • 0714118052
  • 9780714118055

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There's something fascinating and occasionally even romantic about individuals who challenge the ruling power. Ever since Adam and Eve human beings have rebelled against authority and starting with ancient times, this book examines a cross-section of would-be rulers, some successful, others not, examining myth and fact and exploring fundamental notions of loyalty and power. Rather than take a chronological, case by case approach, the authors have chosen a bolder, thematic structure - kings and imposters; dreamers and hoaxers, and so on, which makes for interesting and unexpected links. A final chapter examines communal impostures and the creation of mythical national histories in support of individual nations' 'pedigrees'. A readable and provocative 'take' on the history and meaning of rule. (Contains some, mostly black and white illustrations.) (Kirkus UK)

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