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The text is quite heavily abbreviated, mostly with commonly used forms of contraction. Only a selection of these are indicated here. You can find the rest by going through the text pages with the transcript window open. There are some words which employ more than one contraction in a single word, such as obprobrium, exprobantibus, or uerbum. There is one example of a nomina sacra term on this page. There are also a couple of examples of what one might call hyperabbreviation, where a word is so commonly used that it is represented by only a few letters. Examples on this page include misericordia and secundum.
Psalter or Breviary, 13th century. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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