Please excuse the necessity for horizontal scrolling, but these documents were written on separate short but wide parchment sheets. They were not copied on to rolls, but have been conserved over the centuries as small separate sheets, which must have led to some serendipity in their preservation.  
Chancery warrant of 1349 (London, National Archives, C.81/339/20343). All images by permission of the National Archives.  

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Medieval Writing
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