In mediaeval England, some wandering gipsies claimed to be descendants of the Egyptians and to be skilled fortune-tellers, thus deceiving and taking the money of many naïve locals

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 In mediaeval England, some wandering gipsies claimed to be descendants of the Egyptians and to be skilled fortune-tellers, thus deceiving and taking the money of many naïve locals. In 1530, King Henry VIII decreed that impersonating an Egyptian was a serious crime and should be given the death sentence. By the way, the word “gipsy” derives from “Egyptian”.