Margaret (Mauntby)

c1420- 1484

Of all the Paston women, Margaret is perhaps the most formidable character who emerges from the sheaves of the Paston Letters.

Married to John I, she, as Agnes had before her, combined the management of the Paston estates with increasing the dynasty of the family, bearing seven surviving children.

In addition to this, she fought the battles of John I, both politically and practically, as at the siege of their property in Caister, when the Duke of Norfolk attempted to take the building by force. Clearly as ambitious as her husband, when she wasn’t seeking to protect her family’s reputation, she actively sought to promote it, establishing her two eldest sons (both called John) in positions of influence and where they could obtain advantageous information.