Margaret Paston

(1423-1484): Matchless Matriarch

“[M]y heart is not at great ease, nor shall be until I know that you are truly well.”

“A riotous people numbering about one thousand mined down the walls of the chamber and bore her out of the gates….The nobleman’s follower called my mother and me flagrant whores…We said he lied, knave and churl that he was. And he had plenty of offensive language.”

Defying armed forces that invaded her house during the War of the Roses, Margaret controlled her Norfolk estate in her husband’s absence.  Over one hundred of her letters exist, documenting her life and how she managed the family business. Over one thousand documents attest to this dynamic family’s legacy.