Anastasia and Other Imposters


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Episode 59 Anastasia and Other Imposters

Vortigern (Shakespeare’s Lost Play)

Inspired’ by Mary Shelley’s “The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck,” this episodes examines 4 fascinating imposters - Perkin Warbeck, Thomas Chatterton, Henry Ireland, and Anna Alexander (Anastasia)

00:00 Introduction
00:39 Perkin Warbeck, School, and Poe
04:14 Historical account of Warbeck
08:22 Thomas Chatterton
11:46 Henry Ireland (“lost” Shakespeare play?)
14:57 Background and life in Europe
17:49 Life and marriage in Virginia
23:21 Mystery of Anastasia solved
25:59 Sources
26:57 Future Episodes

  • Learn about Perkin Warbeck - a major pretender to the throne of England
  • Learn about Thomas Chatterton and his counterfeits
  • Learn about Henry Ireland and “Shakespeare’s Lost Play”
  • Learn about Anna Alexander and her attempts to prove she was a Russian princess
  • Learn how the identity of Anastasia was determined

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