The first part of the text runs down beside the historiated initial T which begins the text. The language is English, and by this date quite recognisable as our mother tongue, although the spelling of words can not only be strange, but inconsistent. In this passage you can find kyng and king, while further down in the next passage there are Priour and Prior. If a word looks really strange, try reading it aloud. Although the document is formal and elaborate, there are some funny things in the formatting of the text. See how a little bump has had to be made in the right hand side of the text box to fit in the word excellent.

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Abstract of Agreement, 1500, British Library, Harley 1498, f.76. All images by permission of the British Library.

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