From about 1380 to 1750 the Pastons were one of Norfolk’s most important families. They rose from medieval peasants to become prominent members of the aristocracy, and key figures in the dynamic power-play and politics of the Tudor and Stuart courts. They were, in many ways, the first modern family. What makes the Paston family truly unique is that they left a vast collection of letters and accounts of their lives in late medieval Norfolk – the now famous Paston Letters. These documents soon to be featured below, tell stories of their everyday lives, as well as the wider events of the medieval world, and the enemies they made during their rise from obscurity to power. It is now 600 years since the first of the surviving Paston letters was written.