Medieval Writing
Paleography Exercises
Private charter, 13th century (British Library, add. charter 20592). All images by permission of the British Library.

The seal is the standard aristocratic form for this date, depicting the owner as a mounted knight, very much in the style of the royal seal, but much smaller. It is identified by an inscription around the edge, which is partly obliterated on one side.

Pass the cursor slowly around the inscription to show its contents.

| overview | seal | text | alphabet | abbreviations | structure | exercises |

| transcript | translation |

Click on each of the above to walk your way through the text. The transcript will appear in a separate window so that you can use it for reference at any time. These exercises are designed to guide you through the text, not test you, so you can cheat as much as you like.
Script sample for this example
Index of Exercises
Index of Scripts

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