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The document is heavily abbreviated, with some standard Latin contractions, but also a great collection of extreme abbreviations such as are found only in legal documents, such as ptin for pertinentiis. Because these documents were so standard in form and wording, the abbreviations become a kind of graphic code for well known terms. There are also some odd abbreviations for Anglo-Latin terms whose precise grammatical form is enigmatic. The above is just a selection. To find them all, work patiently through the text with the transcript window open.
Final Concord of 1584 (British Library, add. charter 70729). All images by permission of the British Library.

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