Henry's Hull

Tudor Documents

Tudor documents are very difficult to read. From the reign of Henry VIII more documents were written in English as Latin was associated with the Catholic Church that he had split from. However, even though the documents are in English they are still very difficult to read. Reading and transcribing (writing down) words in old handwriting is called Paleography.

On the National Archives website there is a tutorial you can follow to learn how to do this - see Related Links at the bottom of this page. There is also a great game (called the ‘ducking stool’) to check what you’ve learnt on their website.


Once you’ve practised your palaeography on the National Archives website, or if you’re already feeling confident, take a look at the words on the right and see if you can figure out what they say. Remember, at this time there were no official way of spelling words, so once you’ve got all the letters, sound out the word to see if you can figure it out.

Then check the answers at the bottom of the page...




















Answers: belonging, money, reigne.

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