The Strasbourg Oath, 10th century French Chronicle (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale MS latin 9768). (From Lanson 1923)
That last example looks almost like English, which at its core is, of course, a Germanic language. This whole example is probably pretty easy from the point of view of letter forms, but more than a little tricky from the aspect of language. Unfortunately the quality of the photographic reproduction does not actually help, but we have to make do with what we have got. If you feel like a little linguistic challenge, you could try a complete transcript. Use a pen and paper and then check it against the one given here. It came from Wikipedia, which I would not normally use as an academic reference, but the translation I had in an ancient scholarly book was clearly inaccurate in places, so there you go. If you have an issue with some detail, you may even be right.

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