Ian Gilmour, 23 March 1995
Show More Marriage, Debt and the Estates System: English Landownership 1650-1950 by John Habakkuk.
Oxford, 786 pp., £65, September 1994, 0 19 820398 5Show More
“... Lawyers have seldom had a good press. According to Shelley’s father-in-law, William Godwin, a lawyer could ‘scarcely fail to be a dishonest man’, though that, he added, was ‘less a subject for censure than regret’. Shelley’s friend and biographer, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, being himself a barrister, could not go quite so far, but his verdict was almost as sweeping: the most profound ignorance is ...”