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Paston Letters,

collection of personal and business correspondence, mostly among members of the Paston family of Norfolk, England. The letters cover the years from 1422 to 1529, together with deeds and other documents. The family was at that time actively acquiring land and properties in the area, some of it by questionable means, including the estates of Sir John FastolfFastolf, Sir John
, 1378?–1459, English soldier. He won distinction for his long service in the latter part of the Hundred Years War. He was knighted some time prior to 1418 for service at Agincourt (1415) and in other engagements, acted as governor of Anjou and Maine
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. The collection forms an indispensable source for the history, manners, morals, habits, customs, and moneys of the people of England at the close of the Middle Ages. A portion of the letters was published by James Fenn in 1787 and 1789, but the original manuscripts disappeared and doubt of their authenticity grew. However, they were rediscovered after 1865, with additional material. A definitive edition was edited by James Gairdner (1904), and a volume of selections edited with an introduction by Norman Davis was published in 1958.
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The collection of the 5 volumes containing The Paston Letters shows that capitalized I was used in private correspondence almost exclusively.
The practice of calling oneself a "valentine" and asking one's beloved to be the same, is referred to in the Paston Letters, the largest surviving collection of 15th-century English correspondence written by the Paston family and their neighbours in Norfolk.
Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century.
Recent scholarly work on the Paston women's letters demonstrates, however, that important steps are being taken in this direction: Diane Watt, for example, explores what she terms "household rhetoric" in discussing the Paston letters, and Roger Dalrymple examines the reactive, consolatory, and redressive aspects of the Paston women's letters.
2) All quotations from the Paston letters within this essay are from Norman Davis, ed.
Going back to the 15th century, the famous Paston letters demonstrate how love can develop, even in an arranged marriage.
It is not the same as the somewhat more professional-looking hand of the terrier, and in appearance (as well as linguistically) it resembles some of the more untutored hands to be found amongst the Paston letters and papers of the same period.
For instance, after noting that among the fifteenth-century Paston family documents there are references to retellings of the Guy legends, Richmond remarks, "The Paston Letters are a detailed and vivid social history that explains much about the legend's appeal" (p.
The corpus used as the basis of this study comprises three parts: 1) the Paston letters (1425-95), amounting to over 250,000 words, 2) the Cely letters (1472-88) with nearly 85,000 words, and 3) the Stonor and Plumpton letters (1424-83 and 1461-1499, respectively) with app.
the poems King Alisaunder (Essex, 14c), Gamelyn (East Midland, 14c) and Paston Letters (East Midland, 15c), as well as York Plays (North, 15c).
1996) (over 38,000 words), and those from the Paston letters (only John Paston III's and william Paston III's letters have been analysed) from the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse available at: http://www.
Interestingly, however, the incidence of inversion after then, for instance, is lower in the CEEC sample of the Paston letters from the 15th century than in the More letters from the 16th century.