Paston Women - Selected Letters

ISBN-10: 1843840243

ISBN-13: 9781843840244

Edition: 2004

Authors: Diane Watt
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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.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 12/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 190
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Three generations of women's letters
Relationships between the female correspondents and the Paston family
Calendar
The letters and papers of Agnes Berry Paston
The letters and papers of Elizabeth Paston Poynings or Browne
The letters and papers of Margaret Mautby Paston
The letters of Elizabeth Clere
The letters of Dame Elizabeth Brews
The letters of Cecily Daune and Constance Reynyforth
The letters of Margery Brews Paston
'In the absence of a good secretary': the letters, lives, and loves of the Paston women reconsidered
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