Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century

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Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century, ed. Richard Beadle and Colin Richmond, EETS, ss 22 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). civ + 320 pp.; 6 plates. ISBN 0-19-722423-7. £65.00. This is the third and final volume of the EETS edition of the Paston Letters; the first two were originally edited by the late Norman Davis in 1971 and 1976 and were reissued by EETS in 2004-5. Though no bibliographical information is given about the earlier parts, the volume includes additions and corrections to parts 1 and II, a "working chronology' of all the documents, and a bibliography. There is also a glossary and index to all three parts and some plates, several so cropped as to be of limited value. The bulk of the volume is devoted to the texts of 121 additional Paston letters and papers between 1425 and 1484. The letters seem carefully transcribed and are accompanied by notes on the physical state of the documents and records of emendations. Modern punctuation has been supplied. …

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