Medieval Writing
Paleography Exercises
Charter of Gervaise Payne to the nuns of Nuneaton, late 12th century (British Library, add. charter 47424). All images by permission of the British Library.
This is a private charter of the late 12th century in which one Gervaise Payne gives a mill in Inkpen to the nuns of Nuneaton, of the order of Fontevrault. The script is a rather spiky protogothic charter hand. The diplomatic of the document is highly standard for a private gift to a religious institution. About one third of the document consists of a list of witnesses. There is no recorded date. The language is Latin. The document is complete with the seal of the donor attached with cords.

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