Easter term in the eleventh year of king Henry in the county of Sussex, [the case]  of John of Montacute.1 But suppose that the husband does not recognize such issue  as his heir and dies having turned him out; though after the husband's death he is  recognized as heir by a guardian, or some other person not entitled to the inheritance,  such recognition will be valueless. When such a child or a supposititious  child is born, let the husband immediately send him away and not raise him as his  son, either at home or elsewhere, or permit him to return.2 On this matter may be  found [in the roll] of Michaelmas term in the fourth and the beginning of the fifth  years of king Henry in the county of Lincoln, [the case] of Bartholomew son of  Richard,3 where the tenant was prepared to put himself on the grand assise or on  the country with respect to the right, as to whether he had a greater right to hold  the claimed land in demesne than the demandant, who claimed as one who had not  been regarded as a son by their common father, nor raised as a son in the father's  house, but had been sent from it, and as one who in his father's lifetime never  returned to him as a son and after his death did not for a long time come to the chief  lords to do to them what he ought rightfully to do. In this case the tenant retained  without an assise, jury, or inquest, because the demandant could not deny the  allegations.
Of the differentiation of children.
 Since it was said above that natural and legitimate children are called to the  succession before others, it will be useful here to consider 4the status of children and  the differences between them, which are many. Some children, as said above, are  natural and legitimate, those born in lawful wedlock and of a lawful wife. Some  are natural only and not legitimate, as those born of a legitimate concubine with  whom a marriage was possible at the time of procreation, as between an unmarried  man and unmarried woman. Some are neither legitimate nor natural, as those  born of prohibited intercourse, of persons for whom no marriage was possible at  the time of procreation; such children are spurii who are fit for nothing.5 Some  natural and legitimate children are children and heirs, as those to whom an inheritance  descends, either from the father or the mother or from both, in demesne or  in service.6 Some are children and not heirs of one but children [and heirs of the  other], according as the inheritance descends only from the father's side or the  mother's.7 And some are natural and legitimate children but heirs of neither,  because no inheritance descends to them from either side. [Some may begin to be  heirs and cease,8 some may not.] Of those who are natural, legitimate and heirs,9  all, however many they are, are right and lawful heirs, as many as descend by  degrees from the common origin, first through the right line