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The Paston Letters

A Selection in Modern Spelling. Oxford World's Classics

Edited by Norman Davis
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 11th Dec 2008
Dimensions: w 128mm h 196mm d 16mm
Weight: 220g
ISBN-10: 0199538379
ISBN-13: 9780199538379
Barcode No: 9780199538379
Synopsis
The Pastons of Norfolk left behind them an incomparable picture of life in fifteenth-century England in the earliest great collection of family letters in English. The letters span three generations and most were written during the reigns of HenryVI, Edward IV, and Richard III, in a period of political turmoil, local anarchy, and war abroad and at home. They reveal personal hopes and anxieties, and contain as well as business matters a wealth of information on leisure pursuits, education, and domestic life. The writers express themselves with a clarity and vigour that is remarkable at this early date, and the letter illustrate, as no other documents can, the state of the language in daily use immediately before and after the introduction of printing. This modernized selection prepared from the original manuscripts is designed to present the full range of the Pastons' principle concerns. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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