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The abbreviations are mostly simple abbreviations or contractions for missing letters, although M for Maria might perhaps be regarded as a nomina sacra term under the circumstances. If one or two of the abbreviations seem to indicate odd grammatical forms, that is just how they seem to be written. This is just a sample from one section. You can find all the rest by going through the text pages with the transcipt window open.
Book of Hours, c.1500. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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Medieval Writing
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