Continuity or Change in the Court of Chancery in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries?

@article{Horwitz1996ContinuityOC,
  title={Continuity or Change in the Court of Chancery in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries?},
  author={Henry Horwitz and Patrick Polden},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  year={1996},
  volume={35},
  pages={24 - 57}
}
No reader of Bleak House is likely to forget its scathing portrayal of the excesses of the unreformed Court of Chancery in the handling of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce. From its publication in 1852–53, it has created an indelible image of the Court, so powerfully influencing historians as well as laymen that it is sometimes hard to remember that it is fiction, and polemical fiction at that. The fiction, however, is built on a secure bedrock of fact; the voluminous testimony and submissions made by… 
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