Introduction: `The damned fraternitie': constructing gypsy identity in early modern England, 1500-1700 1 `From Aegypt have I come' 2 `Gypsies: thieves and tramps?' 3 `Chargeable unto the country' 4 `O'er the Moors to Kirk Yetholm' 5 The narrative of gypsyhood 6 `By lines they read in face and hand' 7 `These rowsey, ragged rabblement of rakehelles': rogue literature 8 `The stain of my offence'
Frances Timbers holds a PhD in British History from the University of Toronto (2008). She has published two books and three articles that deal with issues of magic, witchcraft and gender in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. Timbers is currently on a self-imposed sabbatical in Panama, where she spends her time writing about gypsies, teaching yoga, biking to the beach and caring for seven rescued cats.