The Paston Women: Selected Letters

The Paston Women: Selected Letters

Edited by Diane Watt

Paperback
$34.95

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

The Paston letters viewed in the context of medieval women's writing and medieval letter writing.
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.

Professor Diane Watt is Head of the School of English and Languages, University of Surrey.

Details

November 2004
190 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Library of Medieval Women
ISBN: 9781843840244
Format: Paperback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DN, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000
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Reviews

Watt's translations balance both readability and literalness. (...)an accessible edition devoted to one of the most interesting set of extant documents written by late medieval English women. MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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