Group Meeting: 13th December

“Telling tales: The Pastons and their library”

This month’s speaker will be Elizabeth McDonald, who has completed an MA in Medieval Writing and Culture at the UEA and now studying for her PhD, researching the literature and literary network of the Paston family in the fifteenth century.

The Paston letters are read for a myriad of reasons: for example, some are interested in them for their historical, political or legal content; some for the wonderfully vibrant personalities that give such a vivid impression of fifteenth-century life; some because of an interest in the epistolary genre. Elizabeth’s interest in the letters, and the family stems from a single document within the collection: the inventory of John Paston II’s books. In this talk she will introduce the texts owned by the family and discuss what kind of ideas and concerns lay at the core of this corpus. She will also illustrate the part the Pastons played in their own literary network.
Time: 2.00pm  £2.00 on the door.

Location: Bungay Community Centre Upper Olland Street Bungay NR35 1BE

All welcome!


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