Act concerning 'Egyptians', 1530

People from northern India began to arrive in England during the 15th century but were presumed to have come from Egypt - and were therefore described as 'Egyptian', which became corrupted to 'gypsy'. As this Act demonstrates, they were viewed with suspicion and hostility.
HLRO HL/PO/PU/1/1530/22H8n9 (1530)



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