Charter of Incorporation, City of Gloucester

English, 1483. Detail of an illuminated document. As best as can be told, illumination consists primarily of a heraldic shields and penwork/acanthus filler. Text is in Latin and the body of it is written in a English bastarda somewhat similar to the "Gothic Littera Bastarda, a more cursive one" ductus in M. Drogin's Medieval Calligraphy. Important words written in a gothic textura and a single visable initial that appears to be a gold versal with black penwork.


Appears in Heraldry for the Local Historian and Genealogist by Stephen Friar, Sutton Publishing, 1992.

As an aside, this book has a nice, short description of the diferent types of documents most likely to contain heraldic illumination and the basic difference between them.

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