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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William Paston (1528- 1610) was knighted in 1578 and founded Paston Grammar School in North Walsham, where the young Horatio Nelson was educated.
William Paston (1528-1610) was knighted in 1578 and founded Paston Grammar School in North Walsham, where the young Horatio Nelson was educated.
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.
The family fortunes had improved with William Paston I (1378-1444), who, after training as a lawyer in the Inns of Court in London, acted as counsel for the city of Norwich from 1412, and in 1415 became steward to the Duke of Norfolk, whence he began a successful career at the royal court and gained a good local reputation.
As he was the eldest son, he took over the family estates and wealth on the death of his father, William Paston I.
1982: 'Word-Order and Stylistic Distortion in the Letters of William Paston I, 1425-1442: A Transformational Approach'.
A letter written by William Paston II to Thomas Cary refers to "the boke of the Statutes of Warre with the portrature of the kynges armes and bagys [...] it is so that Pynson the printer that dwellyth withoute Tempill Barr, and dyd printe theym, hathe delyuered all the bookes that he made for the kyng vnto Ser Thomas Lovell before the kyng departed." Richard Beadle and Lotte Hellinga, "William Paston II and Pynson's Statutes of War (1492)," The Library, 7th ser., 2 (2001): 107-19 (108).
(Incidentally, the British Library collections also hold a 1552 summons written by Thomas Gawdy to Sir William Paston, thereby establishing a tenuous connection between two great English letter-writing families [Add.
Eleanor Paston was the daughter of William Paston and thus granddaughter of John Paston III and Margery de Brewse.
I have found no instances of the sequence FOR THE WHICH in the letters by John Paston III and William Paston III.
(2.) All the examples from the Plumpton letters come from Kirby (ed.) (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: (nearly 50,000 words).