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Posted: April 29, 2010 in Books

But not the one I wanted!

Of the several editions of the Paston Letters at the ANU library, guess which one’s missing? That’s right, the one that contains the Fastolf Relation. I have no idea where I’m going to get hold of it now and it’s make me a teensy bit irritated. The place is lousy with books that contain the Stow Relation, but I’ve already got that. (Fenn is available through Google Books, but guess which pages are missing? There have been some heavy sighs.)

However, I did get:  Richard Duke of York, PA Johnson (just to make sure I haven’t missed/forgotten something important); The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century, C Richmond (because I just couldn’t resist it); The Great Household in Late Mediaeval England, CM Woolgar (so I can stop making up crap and actually give the impression I know what I’m talking about); The Plumpton Letters & Papers, J Kirby (because it was there); The Last Medieval Queens, JL Laynesmith (because Michael Hicks recommended it); Margaret of Anjou, H E Maurer (just in case Laynesmith missed something) and Dear Sister: Medieval Women & the Epistolary Genre, K Cherewatuk & U Wiethaus (because it looked interesting).

And I don’t have to return them until October!

Despite the missing Fenn, the ANU library has quite a solid collection of relevant texts, down in the basement, housed in slitheringly dangerous compactuses. I nearly squished someone first time I went there, but I’ve learned how not to do that. Next time I go, I’ll get myself a copy card and bury myself in the stacks.

Sadly the second hand stall had nothing. The woman who runs it scoured her shop for anything I might be interested in and came up empty. Still, I have enough reading to keep me busy for a little while.

And my R3S contact was unavailable for lunch, so all in all a fairly mixed day. (Had to have lunch with my husband instead.)

My real business in town, a brief meeting with the guy whose PhD I’m editing, was wholly successful, and that must count for something, seeing as I’m getting paid for it.


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