The Paston Letters

are the surviving correspondence of a prominent East Anglian family from the late Middle Ages. The letters detail all aspects of the family’s life, including their rise through the social ranks, and the cultural life of the period. We learn not only of the development and increase of their property and wealth, but also their trials and tribulations. The history of the Paston family shows them to be determined, but occasionally taking reckless chances, fighting to preserve any benefit that came to their family. Many of their properties, and others to which they were benefactors, survive throughout East Anglia. A brief synopsis of the history of the most important members of the family follows.

Clement Paston

Clement Paston

As a yeoman at the time of the Black Death,

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Citation: Cummings, James. "The Paston Letters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 March 2005 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

2884 The Paston Letters 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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