Private charter, 1444, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.
If you are still struggling along with us here, you are probably getting pretty skilled at reading late medieval charters. Give yourself a real challenge. Try a complete transcript. Go to the text page and use a pen and paper. Or just open the transcript box and try to compare our transcript with the original word by word. If you can get it all right, you can probably qualify as a medieval lawyer, or at least a chancery clerk!

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Medieval Writing
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