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Illustrated Letters of the Paston Family



By: Roger Virgoe(Editor)

Language: English

Genre: Biography

Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (19 Oct. 1989)

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The original title of the book: Illustrated Letters of the Paston Family

This collection of letters covers three generations of an important Norfolk family during the 15th century. It brings to life a period poised between medieaval and modern history, as fuedalism collapsed and England was divided by the Wars of the Roses. The Paston family during this period were soldiers and students, lawyers and landowners, courtiers and members of Parliament. Their correspondence gives the reader an intimate picture of everyday life on one hand; on the other it portrays a family on the fringes of great events. First hand accounts range from battles in the Wars of the Roses, to preparation of the defences against French invasion. Contemporary illustrations and current photographs relate the people to the places where they lived. Special features expand issues raised in the letters to give concerns of rural life, or by commenting on 15th century attitudes to love, sex, learning and the law.

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  • By BeccaH on 19 February 2016

    Fast delivery. Item in perfect condition. This is a richly illustrated book which I hope will enhance my understanding of this family and the era in which they lived

  • By Ms. Patricia F. Smith on 31 October 2013

    This is a superb book. I heard it mentioned on a tv programme about medieval England so bought it. And it's totally fascinating. The Editor has embedded the book securely in its context, starting with a chronology and map of the area where they lived (Norfolk). Helpfully he's also included a Dramatis Personae giving brief details of each member of the family, along with a family tree. The letters have been carefully chosen with a short introduction which shows that each one has been carefully considered and analysed: eg: from a letter written in Sept 1443, the Editor writes: 'She and Agnes were deeply worried about his health. Judging from the phrase 'the time is come' Margaret was pregnant again...' etc. Every so often there are individual pages giving details about some aspect of their life, eg Parliament, Parents & Children, Norwich. And the story the letters tell! This is no ordinary family but they face many 'ordinary' problems of the age ... they were heavily involved in a siege of Caister Castle against the Duke of Norfolk, their eldest daughter had entered a clandestine marriage and they faced the plague in London. The letters obviously deal heavily with such matters but they also contain homely details such as: 'To begin, God thank you for my hats.' The book is well-produced with excellent illustrations, nearly all in full colour. It's a treasure-trove of accessible and fascinating information about the period through the eyes of one family and at the same time it's scholarly and informative.

  • By kathquaide on 8 March 2014

    This version is well illustrated and the layout it clear and easy to read. A beautiful historic insight to our past

  • By Jane Ring on 26 July 2015

    Arrived on time and very interesting

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