This section shows the top of the notary's sign manual. Next to it is written the place of issue and the names of a series of witnesses. By using both a notary's authentication and witnesses, these people seem to be really trying to cover themselves.  

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Appeal to the Holy See of 1281, from the collection of Rob Schäfer. All images © Rob Schäfer.

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