Click on button under beside each word to indicate how it is abbreviated in the text.
This is just a sample of the abbreviations from a segment of the text. You can see that they are all simple contractions. You can got through the text pages with the transcript window open to find all the others.
Private letters patent of 1347 (Eton College Library). All images from The New Palaeographical Society 1910, Plate 200.

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Medieval Writing
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