Margaret Paston's Piety

Margaret Paston's Piety

by J. Rosenthal
     
 

The Paston Letters are the best known source for private life in late medieval England, and Margaret Paston emerges as the dominant figure in the letters. Through her hundred letters and long will, we get an invaluable example of the personal and religious in daily life during the fifteenth century, including details on running a large household, confronting

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The Paston Letters are the best known source for private life in late medieval England, and Margaret Paston emerges as the dominant figure in the letters. Through her hundred letters and long will, we get an invaluable example of the personal and religious in daily life during the fifteenth century, including details on running a large household, confronting domestic and political crises, coping with widowhood, and difficult children and in-laws. Drawing on a close reading of these personal letters, this book reveals how popular religion was integrated intodaily life.

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"An engaging and insightful exposition . . . This volume will appeal to scholars and students alike. Its accessible writing style and methodological musings make it an excellent tex." - The Medieval Review

"This very readable book by a master historian at the top of his game explores the famous fifteenth-century letters of the Pastons, an up-and-coming gentry family in East Anglia, to assess the nature of the piety of the family s matriarch, Margaret Paston. Through an innovative series of investigations, Joel Rosenthal explores the signs of her piety in the religious feast days referenced in the dates of her letters, the devotional language she employed, the bequests in her will and those of other family members, the religious institutions she patronized, the books she possessed, and religious places and objects she saw. The value of the investigation lies in particular in the ordinariness of Margaret s piety, making her far more typical than the female mystics upon which scholarship so often focuses. Students and researchers alike will find much to value in this highly readable and accessible volume, which is accompanied by very full and informative notes that add considerable scholarly heft to the lively narrative of the text." - Maryanne Kowaleski, Joseph Fitzpatrick SJ Distinguished Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies, Fordham University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230622074
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Series:
The New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Joel Rosenthal is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at SUNY-Stonybrook.

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