The notification gives this document the form of a charter, in the broadest and most generic sense of the word, as it is not a grant but an acknowledgement of payment received. It is at the most informal end of the spectrum of charter diplomatic, with no invocation, address or salutation, and no witness list. The dating clause leaves out the M for mil and expresses 80 as iiii with xx in superscript, ie. 4 x 20 or four score. The dating clause does not include the place where the document was produced.

As in many documents, there is a lot of formulaic repetition, as in 'had and received', or the repetition of the 'aforesaid' sum of money, or even the use of two different words for 'fields' in reference to the fields of Flanders. Formulaic language is funny stuff.

Acquittance of 1383, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.  

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