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Going to Chancery: Gender, Family and Law in England, 1550-1750

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Dr Amanda Capern
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Women's History

Project Description

'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.

Status Project Live
Funder(s) The Leverhulme Trust
Value £48,232.00
Project Dates Feb 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2020

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