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The abbreviations are relatively few and mostly of common generic types. The abbreviation marks are simple, and sometimes it is not entirely clear whether a little flourish at the end of a word is meant to be an abbreviation or not, especially given the eccentric spelling, for example yer or yere for the word year. Occasionally a letter is entered in superscript. The above examples are just a sample from one section of the text. If you want to find them all, go through the text pages with the transcript. You might even find some we missed.
15th century Brut Chronicle (British Library, add. ms. 33242, f.140-141). All images by permission of the British Library.

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