in your full county court (or before such a one whom we have constituted our  justice for this case) A. who was the wife of B. and who claims to be pregnant.1  And before the aforesaid keepers cause her to be examined by lawful and discreet  women through whom the truth may the better be known, and let the same women  carefully [examine] her by feeling her breasts and abdomen and in every way  whereby they may best ascertain whether she is pregnant or not. And if the said  keepers and women discover that she is pregnant, or if they are in doubt, then let  them lodge her in our castle,2 such a one, in such a way that no maid who may be  pregnant nor any other who may be suspected of contriving3 a deception has  access to her, and let her remain in the castle until the question of her offspring can  be settled. And provide that in that castle she be separately guarded, lest any  deception respecting her offspring occur while she is in custody. We have commanded  such a constable to admit her to the aforesaid castle. Witness etc. And if  someone other than the sheriff is constituted a judge in this matter, as was said  above, then let this clause be added at the end: Since we send the aforesaid person  that you may conduct this affair to its conclusion with him and through him.4  The writ directed to the constable ordering him to receive the woman will be  this.
Writ ordering the constable to receive her into his castle.
 The king to such a constable, greeting. When she comes to you we order you to  receive into such a castle such a woman who claims to be pregnant, so that she  remains in the same castle at her own cost; there are two or three women charged  with the matter of such progeny; if they wish to examine her every day, permit  them to do so once a day, in the aforesaid castle. Witness etc. And let the same be  done if she claims pregnancy in her husband's lifetime. If after his death she seeks, to  the exheredation of the true heir, to be put in possession in the name of her unborn  child,5 let this writ for proving the deception issue at the complaint of the heir.
Writ at the complaint of the heir that she be examined.
 6The king to the sheriff, greeting. A. the brother of B. has shown us that though  such a woman, the widow of the said B., is not pregnant, she falsely claims to be  so by the aforesaid B., to the disinheritance of the said A. since the land which  belonged to the aforesaid B. ought by right of inheritance to descend to the same  A., as he says, as brother and heir of the said B., if the aforesaid [wife] has no
1. Johannam que fuit uxor Jordani de S. Martino que se facit pregnantem
4. B.N.B., no. 1605: quia mittitur ibi predictus G.
[de Savage] ut cum eo et per eum istud negocium perducatur ad effectum.
5. D. 184.108.40.206: ventris nomine in possessione mitti desiderat
6. Rot. Litt. Claus., i, 435b (1220): Monstravit nobis Thomas de Aldham frater Ade de Aldham qui mortuus est, quod cum Johanna que fuit uxor predicti Ade pregnans non sit ipsa falso dicit se esse impregnatam de predicto Ada ad exheredacionem ipsius Thome desicut terra que fuit predicti Ade ad ipsum jure hereditario ...; Selden Soc. vol. 60, cliii, clv; Meekings in Bull. Inst. Hist. Res., xxxii, 210