The Pastons and their England: Studies in an Age of Transition / Edition 1

The Pastons and their England: Studies in an Age of Transition / Edition 1

by H. S. Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521398266

ISBN-13: 9780521398268

Pub. Date: 09/13/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Paston letters have long exercised a tremendous fascination for their capacity to recreate in vivid detail the lives of an ordinary well-to-do fifteenth-century family. H. S. Bennett's classic study recreates beautifully their historical context and offers the additional perspectives provided by the letters of their correspondents: bishops and serving men,

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The Paston letters have long exercised a tremendous fascination for their capacity to recreate in vivid detail the lives of an ordinary well-to-do fifteenth-century family. H. S. Bennett's classic study recreates beautifully their historical context and offers the additional perspectives provided by the letters of their correspondents: bishops and serving men, prisoners and dukes, priests and ribald companions. Among the intriguing areas of late medieval life which are explored are marriage, women's lives, education, travelling, the law and lawlessness, the clergy and the changing face of the English countryside. This account of the Pastons' England reveals an age of historical transition as it was played out in the daily challenges of individual lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521398268
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/1990
Series:
Canto original Series
Edition description:
Canto ed
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition Preface to the second edition Abbreviations and authorities Introduction 1 The rise of the Pastons II The Paston fortunes III Marriage IV Love V Women's life VI Parents and children VII Houses and furniture VIII Education and books IX Letters and letter-writing X Roads and bridges XI Wayfaring XII The law XIII Lawlessness XIV Religion XV The secular clergy XVI The regular clergy XVII The life of the countryside Appendixes: I Books of the Paston family II List of journeys III Collation of editions and the original letters IV Letters in the original spelling Index

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