The Paston Letters

(not illustrated)


This is perhaps the first ”soap” of them all, and it remains the best! Margaret and John Paston lived in Norfolk in the 15th century, and experienced at first hand the horrors of the Wars of the Roses. They were frequently attacked by their neighbours and all the time they worried about the things which concern all families - education, fashion, marriage and most of all - each other!  There are moments of tenderness and anger, frustration and despair. The women in the letters are powerful and without fear, challenging an entire shelf of inherited stereotypes. Mark Mitchels reads extracts from scores of the Letters telling the story of this remarkable family.