Click button beside each word to indicate how it is abbreviated in the text.
Abbreviations are few in the main body of the petition. There are a couple of additional simple contractions. To find these, go to the text page with the transcript window open.
There are abbreviations in both the English and Latin parts of the text of the endorsement.  

Petition and endorsement of 1445 (London, National Archives E.28/74/52). All photographs by permission of the National Archives.


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Click on each of the above to walk your way through the text. The transcript will appear in a separate window so that you can use it for reference at any time. These exercises are designed to guide you through the text, not test you, so you can cheat as much as you like.  
Medieval Writing
Script sample for main text  
Script sample for endorsement  
Index of Exercises  
Index of Scripts

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