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The format is simplified compared to the diplomatic of a charter, and really more closely resembles an ordinary letter as we know it, although the layout, with the name and honorifics of the king at the top, the salutation after the address, and the dating clause at the bottom, is derived from the more formal charter form.
Royal writ of 1328 (Westminster Abbey. Muniments. Coronation No.II). All images from The New Palaeographical Society 1910, Plate 197.

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Medieval Writing
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