Sorry, you have to horizontal scroll. If I made it any smaller you couldn't read it. One day somebody will invent the paleography computer with wide angle screen.  
The document hand of this period is rather mannered, loopy and angular, but relatively easy to read. If the photograph provides some difficulties with lighting, contrast and awkward folds in the paper, that is because it was an urban guerilla job with me standing on a chair in the archives balancing a tripod on two legs under fluorescent lights, trying not to come crashing down and disturbing the other researchers. I have optimised it as best I can. It gives you a better idea of real life archival conditions than those fancy photographs produced professionally by the big institutions!

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Indenture of 1546, Nottinghamshire Archives DDFJ 7/80/11. All images by permission of Nottinghamshire Archives.

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