The Paston women : selected letters /
translated from the Middle English with introduction, notes and interpretive essay [by] Diane Watt.
Cambridge ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2004.
x, 178 p.
1843840243 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Cambridge ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2004.
1843840243 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Paston letters viewed in the context of medieval women's writing and medieval letter writing.
Main Description
The Paston letters form one of only two surviving collections of fifteenth-century correspondence, in their case especially rich in letters from the women of the family. Clandestine love affairs, secret marriages, violent family rows, bickering with neighbours, battles and sieges, threats of murder and kidnapping, fears of plague: these are just some of the topics discussed in the letters of the Paston women. Diane Watt's introduction seeks to place these letters in the context of medieval women's writing and and medieval letter writing. Her interpretive essay reconstructs the lives of these women by examining what the letters reveal about women's literacy and education, life in the medieval household, religion and piety, health and medicine, and love, marriage, family relationships, and female friendships in the middle ages. DIANE WATT is Professor of English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Table of Contents
Three generations of women's lettersp. 1
Relationships between the female correspondents and the Paston familyp. 17
Calendarp. 18
The letters and papers of Agnes Berry Pastonp. 23
The letters and papers of Elizabeth Paston Poynings or Brownep. 39
The letters and papers of Margaret Mautby Pastonp. 45
The letters of Elizabeth Clerep. 116
The letters of Dame Elizabeth Brewsp. 121
The letters of Cecily Daune and Constance Reynyforthp. 125
The letters of Margery Brews Pastonp. 127
'In the absence of a good secretary': the letters, lives, and loves of the Paston women reconsideredp. 134
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