29 June 2011

New e-Resource - Medieval Family Life

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A fascinating new e-resource - Medieval Family Life - is now available, on a permanent access basis.

It contains digital versions of the only five major family letter collections from 15th Century England.

The Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armburgh family papers document, and offer insights into, the world of medieval family, business, relationships, trade, politics and community - from arranging advantageous marriages and inheritance, to estate management and financial dealings, to women and their role within the family.

Full colour images of the original medieval manuscripts that comprise these letter collections are provided, together with full text searchable transcripts from the printed editions, where available.  You can view the original images and the transcripts, side by side.

Additional resources include a chronology, a glossary, a gallery of medieval images and interactive map, family trees, links to related scholarly websites, etc., and make this a valuable teaching and research resource.

Off-campus access: use your University Username and Password 

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