Click on button beside each word to indicate how it is abbreviated in the text.  
These are just an assortment from one corner of the document, but they give an idea of the types of abbreviations present. There are nomina sacra terms, standard abbreviations for prefixes and suffixes which are written the same in different words, and small words which have their particular abbreviations, sometimes varying with the ending. To find all the abbreviations, work through the text pages with the transcript window open.
13th century charter of the abbey of Wilton (British Library, Harleian Charter 45 A36). All images by permission of the British Library.

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Medieval Writing
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