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ABBREVIATORS, eccl. law. Officers whose duty it is to assist in drawing up the Pope's briefs, and reducing petitions into proper form, to be converted into Papal Bulls. Vide Bulls.

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Poor, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), who shows that while Mechthild's own authorial choices and voice can certainly be discerned and analyzed, her work survives only as it passed through the hands of male scribes, translators, compilers, and abbreviators, and these mediations often shaped the context and form in which readers encountered the Flowing Light of the Godhead.
At any given time there were in the Chamber 150 notaries, 100 solicitors of apostolic letters, 60 minor abbreviators, and 80-odd scriptors of briefs.