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As there are numerous names of people and places, there are also many capital letters. I haven't included those here, but you can work them out by looking at the transcript. At this magnification it is possible to see clearly the double stroke made by the split nib of the quill pen in the heavy strokes of many letters.
Private charter, 1444, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.

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Medieval Writing
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