|Chancery warrant of 1349 (London, National Archives, C.81/339/20343). All images by permission of the National Archives.|
This is a chancery warrant of Edward III, issued under the privy seal ordering the chancellor to issue letters and writs under the great seal, granting a petition from the bishop of Bath and Wells. It was formerly attached to Ancient Petition 12255/246, a request for the king's ratification of the foundation of a chantry. Naturally the king didn't write it himself. Possibly he didn't even see it. The script is a cursive chancery hand, a not too formal but pretty clear version of cursiva anglicana, as is appropriate for an internal document sent between secretariats of the chancery rather than one destined for the outside world. The language is French, but the spelling may be unfamiliar in places. It is dated 1349.
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