October Meeting – Elizabeth McDonald on John Paston ll & John Paston lll

For our October meeting we welcome back Elizabeth McDonald, who will be telling us more about the Pastons, one of Norfolk’s most famous medieval gentry families.

John Paston ll and John Paston lll: Town Mouse versus Country Mouse

This talk looks at the seemingly “put-upon” John Paston III and compares his role within the Paston family with that of is popular and dashing older brother, John Paston II. 

The Paston Letters are a collection of correspondences between members of the Paston family and others connected with them in England between the years 1422 and 1509. The collection also includes state papers and other important documents.

The Paston family have many connections with the Waveney Valley and south and east Norfolk more generally. After the death of William Paston in 1735 the Paston Letters were acquired by Francis Blomefield of Fersfield and later by John Worth of Diss.

Elizabeth McDonald has an MA from UEA in Medieval Writing and Culture and is currently studying for her PhD at UEA. Her research area is the literature and literary network of the Paston family in the fifteenth century. She likes owls and cats.

Teas, coffees and custard creams will be available.

October 15th, 2.00pm, Needham Village Hall, High Road, Needham, IP20 9LB. All welcome, admission members £2.00, non-members £3.00.

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