Appeal to the Holy See of 1281, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.
Well, we have made a start. The script of this document is fairly easy to read, but the difficulties come with the convoluted legal language and the copious quantities of abbreviation. To test your skills you could try a full transcript, looking through the text pages and using a pen and paper. Then check it against ours.Or just go through the text pages with the transcript window open and see if it looks like that to you.

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Medieval Writing
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