Medieval Family Life

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Full-text versions of five major family letter collections from the late medieval England period, including the Paston Family Papers. The period covered (1400-1490) includes the Wars of the Roses; and regions covered include East Anglia, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

The full-text transcriptions are searchable and can be displayed alongside the color images of the original manuscripts. Also included are a variety of "further resources," including family trees, an interactive map and visual sources. The visual content illustrates everyday life in the medieval period.


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Family trees, interactive map and visual resources.

Dates covered



Letters of the Paston, Cely, Stonor, Armburgh and Plumpton families.

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Full color images with full-text transcripts.

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Search QuickSearch to locate print editions owned by the Rutgers University Libraries.

The Stonor letters and papers, 1290-1483; ed. for the Royal Historical Society, from the original documents in the Public Record Office, by Charles Lethbridge Kingsford ... London, Offices of the Society, 1919. Series: Camden third series ; v. 29-30

The Plumpton letters and papers / edited by Joan Kirby. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996. Camden fifth series ; v. 8

The Cely letters, 1472-1488 / edited by Alison Hanham. London ; New York : Published for The Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press, 1975. [Publications : Original series] - Early English Text Society ; no. 273

The Armburgh papers : the Brokholes inheritance in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex, c.1417-c.1453 : Chetham's Manuscript Mun. E.6.10 (4) / edited with an introduction by Christine Carpenter. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, c1998.

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