Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 12498
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Rosenthal , Joel T.
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  • Title: Looking for Grandmother: The Pastons and Their Counterparts in Late Medieval England
  • Source: Medieval Mothering.  Edited by John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler.  Garland Publishing, 1996.  Pages 259 - 277.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Family Grandchildren Grandmothers Old Age Paston, Agnes, Gentry Woman Paston Family Paston, Margaret, Gentry Woman
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
  • Related Resources: Joel Rosenthal's essay similarly examines the more elusive role of the grandmother, as revealed in the letters of the Paston family. The letters and wills of the Pastons provide only tantalizing hints about the quality of the relationships among the write
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  • Illustrations: The "Paston Letters" record the activities of Agnes and Margaret Paston, two active fifteenth-century English grandmothers. Other sources supplement the picture with tales of anomie and isolation, the old women's household as the center of socialization for young girls, and grandmothers as lynchpins between the family's past identity and current enterprises. [Reproduced by permission of Garland Publishing.]
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  • Year of Publication: 1996.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815323417
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