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Paston Footprints exhibition and a talk about God’s Own Gentlewoman, The life of Margaret Paston

July 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am - July 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm


Paston footprints information  displays in church, for 2 days.  Then on Norfolk Day, Diane Watt, Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Sussex, will be talking about her forthcoming book, God’s Own Gentlewoman: the Life of Margaret Paston. This is an imaginative biography of Margaret that is rooted in her own words, and that also provides a range of contexts for understanding the events in her life and those that were taking place in the world around her. Focusing on carefully-selected letters written by Margaret across her lifetime, from the years immediately following her marriage to those leading up to her death, each of the chapters in Diane’s book takes the events described as the starting point for a micro-biography—looking in depth at Margaret’s life at that moment– and for a broader exploration of social and cultural history. Diane also includes more autobiographical elements, as she reflects on some of the ways in which Margaret’s letters have affected her personally, as she has re-encountered them in the 21st century. Her book, and this talk, begins with a letter written by Margaret’s future mother-in-law, Agnes, followed by a brief introduction to Margaret and her life before her marriage, before a reflection on how this project is developing, especially in terms of retracing Margaret’s penprints across Norfolk.


July 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am
July 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
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