Collins, A (2022) Narratives of Bankruptcy, Failure, and Decline in the Court of Chancery, 1678-1750. Cultural and Social History, 19 (1). 1 - 17. ISSN 1478-0038

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This article engages with the contentious and ongoing debate surrounding the usefulness of witness testimony for historical evidence. By utilising Chancery depositions, the article illuminates social and cultural attitudes to bankruptcy, failure, and personal decline, demonstrating how the public nature of status and reputation dictated a person’s ability to function – both economically and socially – within the wider community. Focusing on the collaborative nature of witness testimony will show that the court of Chancery not only acted as a debt-recovery mechanism. It was also an institution which inflected social narratives of credit, debt, and personal failure.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bankruptcy; Chancery; depositions; narrative; debt
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 10:03
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 10:03

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