'Going to Chancery' will lead to a completely new cultural history of the early-modern equity court of Chancery. The project offers a revised interpretation of the organization of family finances and emotional exchange. The research will form a collaboration with The National Archives to chart the changing patterns of use of Chancery according to rank and gender. This will answer questions about social authority in litigant-lawyer relationships. The project investigates how early-modern people understood the concepts of truth, rights and justice and articulated these in the stories they told in Chancery and the differing uses they made of legal rhetoric.