Apologies if you have to scroll horizontally, but in the middle ages they had not invented A4 paper and they had different concepts of the shape of a page. Short documents are often long and narrow.  
This is the text of the letter itself. Note a few little calligraphic flourishes in the capital L at the beginning of the main text and in the name of the king. It gives the document a touch of class, even if it is acceptable to add in a couple of words in superscript between the lines. Note that the date does not include the year. This was a document relating to an immediate issue, not a matter of long term consequence, and they knew what year it was.
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Letter Close of King Jean le Bon, 1362 (Paris, Arch. Nat. J 641, no 13/6) (from de Bouärd 1929, Planche II)  

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