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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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Beginning with the oft-cited, but perfectly chosen, 1460 letter of William Paston II recounting the exchange between Lancastrian and Yorkist lords at Calais, Leitch sets the scene for the themes of the chapter as she demonstrates that a shared mentality of treason and its associated anxieties extended from this Paston family letter to other genres of texts and to wider audiences.
Another special feature is found in the Medieval Family Life collection, which includes the Paston Family Papers, the first surviving records of British private correspondence.
The purpose of this paper is to show the results and conclusions from a historical sociolinguistic study correlating the factor of gender with linguistic features such as mood and polarity in the correspondence of a married couple of the Paston family, from one of the most important linguistic corpora of late medieval English (the Paston Letters).
Helen Castor is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and author of Blood and Roses: The Paston Family in the Wars of the Roses (Faber, 2004).
Doyle notes the motto of the Paston family in San Marino, California, Huntington Library, El 26 C 9 (the "Ellesmere" Canterbury Tales MS), "[i]n a hand certainly of the fifteenth century and probably of the first half, on f.
The work relating the two Elaines and the experience of Sir Gareth (who is prevented from engaging in sexual activity with his beloved Lyonesse until after they are 'socially' married before a priest), and the Paston family and other contemporaries such as the Celys, provides a very insightful and useful study of the nature of wives and daughters in medieval England.
Possibly, that conservatism can be justified by the high social status of the Paston family.
Blood & Roses: The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century.
While scholars agree that Margaret Paston's letters display a woman of considerable influence and consequence in the Paston family, less attention has been directed to the language of Margaret Paston's letters to determine how her linguistic and rhetorical choices contribute to this impression of her.
This was the home of Sir John Fastolf, the original of Shakespeare's Falstaff, and later of the Paston family, whose intimate letters can bring the 15th century alive in a most remarkable way.
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.
Born of an established, respected Norfolk family, Margaret Paston (nee Mautby) brought the Paston family, through her marriage to John Paston I, not only several desirable properties but also the legitimizing gentle status and social connections this provincial parvenu family so desperately needed.