The Great Pretenders: The True Stories Behind Famous Historical Mysteries

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 326 pages
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In this highly entertaining work, Jan Bondeson delves into the great unsolved cases of disputed identity. Did the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette die in the Temple Tower or was he one of the fellows claiming to be the dauphin after the Terror? Was Kaspar Hauser really the missing crown prince of Baden? When an eccentric duke built a tunnel complex beneath his estate, who is to say he didn't have a second life as a shopkeeper in London?
  

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Review: The Great Pretenders: The True Stories Behind Famous Historical Mysteries

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

It was interesting to learn about all of the different historical mysteries discussed by Bondeson in this book, especially since I had not heard of most of them before picking it up. My only criticism ... Read full review

Review: The Great Pretenders: The True Stories Behind Famous Historical Mysteries

User Review  - Andrea Hickman Walker - Goodreads

This was a lot of fun and very interesting, particularly because I knew of only a few of the cases discussed. I was more familiar with some of the examples mentioned at the end of the book. I was ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Lost Dauphin
13
The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser
72
The Emperor and the Hermit
127
Princess Olive Hannah Lightfoot and George Rex
158
The Tichborne Claimant
188
The Duke of Baker Street
237
A World of Mysteries
266
Notes
291
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Jan Bondeson, M.D., also holds a Ph.D. in experimental medicine. He is the author of "A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities" & other works.

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