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The narration (Lat. "Story") is part of the form of medieval documents , which stands between the promulgatio and the presentation of the actual legal content in the dispositio . In the diplomatic system , it is part of the context . It is usually a subordinate sentence to the promulgatio, which is introduced with conjunctions like quod or qualiter . It contains a statement of the actual or alleged individual circumstances that caused the certificate to be drawn up. If the applicant is not already addressed in the Inscriptio , he will be named in the Narrative. In Ottonian and Salian rulers' deeds, in which an inscriptio is not used, the interveners are specified in the narration in addition to the recipient . In the mandates of the delegated jurisdiction, the factual presentation of the petitioner is presented with the reservation of veritas precum , in the case of confirmations or inserts of older documents there is often information about an examination of the authenticity of the documents presented. This can also include a description of the external characteristics, which is usually kept general, but sometimes contains detailed information. If the templates are no longer preserved, a critical assessment is still possible.

The narrative stands in the tradition of ancient rhetoric and is also treated by the authors of the Ars dictandi . The formula books of late medieval law firms show the tendency to typify the narrative. In simpler document forms (such as traditional notes ) the narrative may be missing.


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