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Disguise
(780 words)

1. Introduction

Disguise denotes the act of concealing one's appearance, the state of being in disguise, and the costume worn by the person in disguise. In the early modern period, a person was thought of as being in disguise if his or her apparel did not correspond to class (Dress regulations), gender role (transvestism, see below, 4.), or nationality. Disguise was often disparaged in early modern society for supposedly concealing immoral or criminal a…

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Chapuis-Després, Stéphanie, “Disguise”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029598>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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