Paston Letters

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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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Identified as the "grete boke" commissioned by Sir John Paston (d.
1477 THE earliest recorded Valentine's Day message was sent by Norfolk lass Margery Brews to her fiance John Paston. She calls him "right well-beloved Valentine" and explains her mother had tried unsuccessfully to persuade her father to increase her dowry, but she hoped John would still marry her anyway.
Last but not least, Teo Juvonen describes and analyses "Everyday possessions: Family and identity in the correspondence of John Paston II".
Ladylikeness and sociolinguistic submission in late medieval English society: gender-based use of negation in John Paston I and Margaret Paston
These trends appear with particular clarity from Hume's reading of certain Paston letters, especially those which document the amorous activities of John Paston II and III and their friends.
ANDREA CLARKE GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE Margery Brews to John Paston III (FEBRUARY 1477) Margery Brews addressed her betrothed, John Paston III, as her "right well-beloved Valentine", making her letter the oldest surviving Valentine in the English language.
He was, however, imprisoned by John Paston I for purportedly having stolen or dispatched money from one of the coffers belonging to John Berney, a charge Piers repeatedly denied both during and after his imprisonment.
Margaret's own literary activity falls within this purview, for her routine composition of these household letters is attached to the male authority of her husband, John Paston 1.
36983, vastly expanded with a range of other texts, as if to serve the collective needs of a whole household, (29) and is evident as well in an inventory of books belonging to Sir John Paston, dated 1474-79, which includes 'A reede boke [thorn]at Percyvall Robsart gaffm(...)o.
The first letters from an heiress, Margaret to her husband John Paston are business-like.
The Valentine message, which dates back to 1477, is from Margery Brews to her fiance, John Paston.