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The letter is designed as a chirograph. Two identical texts have been written on a single sheet of parchment. Chirographus is written across the middle between the two texts, and the sheet has then been cut in two, so that both parties got their own copy. This is one of two ways to prove that a letter was authentic. The other way was to seal the letter. This chirograph is for safety’s sake also sealed – with the bishop’s and chapter’s seal. The part of the chirograph we show here has belonged to the Stavanger bishop. It ended up in Copenhagen in the 1700s and was handed over to the National Archives in Oslo in 1937.

Drawing of the Stavanger chapter’s seal. Riksarkivet. Segltegningsamlingen i Seksjon for kildeutgivelse.

Drawing of the Stavanger chapter’s seal. Riksarkivet. Segltegningsamlingen i Seksjon for kildeutgivelse.



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