Sir John Paston, the younger son of John and Margaret, played a key role in sustaining the family during the turbulent years when the Pastons’ enemies confronted them on all sides and the country experienced the confusion and lawlessness of the Wars of the Roses. John was initially attached to the Duke of Norfolk’s household at Framlingham and used this experience to good effect when in 1479 he became the head of the family. John led the defence against the siege of Caister Castle and was wounded when fighting for the defeated Lancastrian army at Barnet in 1471. John received the first ever recorded Valentine’s letter from his wife to be Margery and went on to steer the family through to calmer waters. Sir John was knighted by Henry VII after the Battle of Stoke in 1487.