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Kingsford's Stonor Letters and Papers 1290–1483


  • 2 b/w illus. 1 map
  • Page extent: 532 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.82 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 941.04
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: DA170 .S76 1996
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Great Britain--History--Lancaster and York, 1399-1485--Sources
    • England--Social life and customs--1066-1485--Sources
    • Great Britain--History--Edward I, 1272-1307--Sources
    • Great Britain--History--14th century--Sources
    • Gentry--England--History--Sources

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521554671 | ISBN-10: 0521554675)

The Stonor letters and papers form one of only three surviving archives of gentry correspondence from late medieval England. The collection - which includes documents ranging from love letters to household accounts - provides us with a wealth of otherwise unobtainable detail about the lives and careers of a gentry family, their servants and their friends. Much of the material comes from the period of the Wars of the Roses, and allows us an insider's view on national events and the people involved in them. Originally edited by the historian C. L. Kingsford at the beginning of the century, the complete collection is reissued here, with a new introduction and annotation by Christine Carpenter. In many ways more representative of gentry life than the Paston letters, the Stonor letters and papers will be invaluable to scholars of late medieval England, and will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Wars of the Roses or life in medieval England.

• New introduction and annotation added to classic Kingsford edition of Stonor letters and papers • Sheds light on national events such as the Wars of the Roses, and comments on the main players in these events, e.g. Richard III • Provides us with a fascinating insight into the lives and careers of a gentry family in late medieval England


Preface to 1996 edition; List of abbreviations; Introduction to 1996 edition; Kingsford's introduction; Kingsford's appendix to his introduction; The Stonor letters and papers Volume I; The Stonor letters and papers Volume II; Supplementary letters and papers; Index; Notes; Summary listing of material in PRO not mentioned by Kingsford.

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