5: Mary Toft

Mary Toft (1701 – 1763) was an English peasant who became notorious for her involvement in her family’s scheme to pretend she’d given birth to seventeen rabbits. The story is profoundly, continuingly, and rage-inducingly bananas.

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The book The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England by Karen Harvey

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