the lord could more readily produce proof of the homage done and the service  acknowledged.
[What should be ascertained before homage is done].1  2Diligent inquiry ought to precede the performance of homage [in order to ascertain]  whether he who claims as heir is the natural [and legitimate]3 son of him whose heir  he claims to be; a right and near heir with respect to the right of possession, and not  merely a right and near heir but a nearer heir with respect to the proprietary right.  Every nearer heir ought to have both rights, possession and property, though  another has a greater right than he.4 Inquiry ought also to be made concerning the  kind of tenement for which and from which he is bound to do homage, and how  much he holds. What in demesne and what in service, whether he holds the entire  tenement in demesne or in service or part in demesne and part in service. And by  what service, and how the inheritance descends to him so that he may be the heir,  lest in taking his homage the lord be deceived through negligence or error.5
What the effect of homage is.
 The effect of homage is this, that if one has done homage to another, his true lord  or a non-lord, he cannot withdraw from such lord or his homage without judgment,6  as long as he holds the tenement, either in demesne or in service, by which he is  bound to homage.78Because of the bond of homage the tenant may do nothing to  the disherison of his lord or his severe injury,9 nor conversely, may the lord so act  toward the tenant. If either so acts homage is completely dissolved and extinguished,  [and the nexus and obligation of homage,] since they act contrary to  homage and the oath of fealty, and it will be a just judgment1011<that they be  punished with respect to that in which they offend, that is, [if] it is the lord, that  he lose his lordship; [if] the tenant, his tenement, as will be explained more fully  below.12 In this way homage may be dissolved.>13
How homage is dissolved and extinguished.
 We must see how homage may be dissolved, on one side or both, so that it holds  on one side but not on the other or fails on both. It is clear that sometimes homage  [and the nexus of homage] holds in the person of the tenant and is altogether  dissolved and