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The Pastons and their England : Studies in an Age of Transition - H. S. Bennett

The Pastons and their England

Studies in an Age of Transition

Paperback Published: 22nd April 1991
ISBN: 9780521398268
Number Of Pages: 308

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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.

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'... a book of real value, and of engrossing interest to the reader who has the faintest spark of historical imagination'. The Daily Telegraph

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Abbreviations and authorities
Introduction
The rise of the Pastons
The Paston fortunes
Marriage
Love
Women's life
Parents and children
Houses and furniture
Education and books
Letters and letter-writing
Roads and bridges
Wayfaring
The law
Lawlessness
Religion
The secular clergy
The regular clergy
The life of the countryside
Appendixes
Books of the Paston family
List of journeys
Collation of editions and the original letters
Letters in the original spelling
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521398268
ISBN-10: 0521398266
Series: Canto Original
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 22nd April 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.46  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.32

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