Please excuse the necessity for horizontal scrolling, but medieval documents are just that shape.  
The cursive script of the text is only moderately formal, and highly abbreviated. As so often occurs with charters, the text is brief and formalised and does not really explain just what kind of complicated transaction is going on here. It refers to several parcels of land in two separate villages, but the charter itself contains no means of actually identifying those parcels of land. Even at this late date, certain essential information is still embodied in the oral tradition.
Private charter, 1444, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.

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