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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The first letters from an heiress, Margaret to her husband John Paston are business-like.
Suffolk's end, assassinated at sea on 4 May 1450 whilst en route to exile at Calais, was graphically described in contemporary sources, notably William Lomnor's famous letter to John Paston I.
It is unusual in being without address or seal, and though nominally attributable to the 17-year-old John Paston III, it was (as Norman Davis noted) penned and no doubt composed by an older relative, William Lomnor, the same man who had written so vividly of Suffolk's death just over a decade earlier:
The Valentine message, which dates back to 1477, is from Margery Brews to her fiance, John Paston.
The message starts: "Unto my right well-beloved Valentine John Paston, squire, be this bill delivered.
I have found no instances of the sequence FOR THE WHICH in the letters by John Paston III and William Paston III.
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.
1477 THE earliest recorded Valentine's Day message was sent by Norfolk lass Margery Brews to her fiance John Paston.
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.
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.
The letters John Paston I addresses to Margaret strongly indicate he closely monitored her and his servants' activities.
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(.