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47 Thus, while the idea that the production of diplomas might on occasion be entrusted to 'interested ecclesiastics' can be substantiated on the basis of some of these formulae of attestation, it would nevertheless be mistaken to interpret such evidence as proof that diplomas were always drawn up by ecclesiastics, and then transform the argument into one against the existence of a central office capable of producing royal diplomas on the assumption that the two arrangements were mutually exclusive.
S 430, 467, 513, 526, 565, 693, 901 and 905. T h e examples are less evenly distributed over the years than one would expect, had it been customary to specify payment whenever it was made. In S 535, it looks as if the statement '*fr duas libras purissimi auri dedit' was inserted as an afterthought. , statements in some diplomas that bequests of the property were to be made 'cum cirographo perpetuo' (S 625, 830, 910 and 1005). N o t e also the second endorsements on S 717 and 795. , S 882, 1211 and 1445.
23 The production of Anglo-Saxon royal diplomas diploma he is known to have produced with other contemporary diplomas, including those previously attributed to royal scribes. Perhaps those aspects of the diplomas that suggest the connection with Winchester in particular have been emphasized at the expense of other aspects which imply at least some variety of scribal practice in the scriptorium where the diplomas were produced - and thus dilute its 'Winchester' characteristics. /Ethelstan issued in 939.
An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England by Susan Dwyer Amussen