As usual, apologies for horizontal scrolling, but they did like writing long and wide in those days.  
Depending on your screen resolution, this will be displayed somewhat to considerably larger than the original. The script is so compact that to display it natural size would render it unreadable on screen. The French language is recognisable as that we know today, but the spelling is strange to our eyes and there are no accents or apostrophes used. If a word baffles you, try saying it aloud and it might remind you of something.

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Private letters patent of 1347 (Eton College Library). All images from The New Palaeographical Society 1910, Plate 200.

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