John II


As a sign of the Paston’s increasing prominence, and to reinforce their status, Margaret and John’s eldest son was sent to the court of King Edward IV in 1461, financially supported by his father and his uncle, Clement Paston II, although this placed a considerable strain on the family purse, with numerous references being made to both the cost and their frustration at his initial lack of progress through the ranks of court.

Such problems however evaporated when he found his calling as a jouster at royal tournaments, as well as acquitting himself well during the Wars of the Roses, although he fought on both sides, seemingly adopting whichever cause seemed most beneficial to he and his family.

For his services, he was knighted – a sign of just how far the family had risen in little over a century, and an honour that his grandfather Clement could never have imagined.