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Lying in Early Modern English CultureFrom the Oath of Supremacy to the Oath of Allegiance$
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Andrew Hadfield

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198789468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198789468.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Being Economical with the Truth in Early Modern England

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Lying in Early Modern English Culture
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Andrew Hadfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789468.003.0001

There were few subjects that animated people in early modern Europe more than lying. The subject is endlessly represented and discussed in literature; treatises on rhetoric and courtiership; theology, philosophy, and jurisprudence; travel writing; pamphlets and news books; science and empirical observation; popular culture, especially books about strange, unexplained phenomena; and, of course, legal discourse. For many, lying could be controlled and limited even if not eradicated; for others, lying was a necessary element of a casuistical tradition, liars balancing complicated issues and short-term pragmatic considerations in the expectation of solving more problems than they caused through their deceit....

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