The Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the Roses by Richard BarberThe Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the Roses by Richard Barber

The Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the Roses

EditorRichard Barber

Paperback | October 14, 2004

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Within three generations (1426 to 1485), and through the dark anddangerous years of the Wars of the Roses, the Pastons establishedthemselves as a family of consequence, both in their native Norfolk andwithin court circles. Ambitious and highly mobile - womenfolk as wellas men - they kept in touch by correspondence, usually but notinvariably through the medium of a clerk. These letters, a raresurvival, break upon us across the centuries with the urgency, andsometimes the violence, of their preoccupations: defending property,fighting court cases, making the right alliances, and, on the domesticside, managing their estates, conducting their courtships, stockingtheir cupboards. Selected and presented here with Richard Barber'sinvaluable linking narrative, they bring the middle ages triumphantlyto life.
Title:The Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the RosesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.48 inPublished:October 14, 2004Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1843831112

ISBN - 13:9781843831112

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Editorial Reviews

Richard Barber's attractive selection, originally published by the FolioSociety, well deserves this more accessible reissue. The letters arepresented in modernised form with spare but informative linkingcommentary, and the volume is ideal both for the ordinary reader' andfor medievalists for whom a friendly acquaintance with the Pastons is asufficient substitute for linguistic or historical scholarship. Theselection conveys well their recurrent concerns with land, money, civilviolence, flirtation, marriage and the purchase of ginger and lace.MEDIUM AEVUM