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are many differences in spelling between the words in this vernacular
document and modern French. One difference is the lack of accents, but
who would have thought the modern French word sous would be spelled soubz. (Lucky
my chum Tania knows a thing or two about medieval French!) The
ink is quite brown in colour. The cursive
fairly legible once you get your eye in, is very uneven and a tad messy.
There is an interesting reference in the text to money, which is given primarily in livres and solz tournois, the medieval money of Tours. The franc only came into use in 1365, so there is a note in the middle of a sentence that a franc is equivalent to 20 solz tournois.
|Acquittance of 1383, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.|
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