There has been a growing awareness among historians that the significance of such episodes as Lord Paston's state visit to Great Yarmouth, a costal town in Norfolk, merit closer study. Lord Paston was about to make his first official visit to the town which nine months before had elected him as its high steward, the most prestigious office in its power to bestow. By late afternoon Paston arrived at the hamlet of Caister, two miles to the north of Yarmouth, where, despite the rain, his entourage was greeted by a magnificent welcoming committee of some 300 horses. Such events have rarely cluttered the pages of conventional histories. Recognition of the potential significance of local studies has been one of the most important developments in British historiography since the Second World War.
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