to be held for a year and a day, after that term to revert to the chief lords, [if  those outlawed hold of someone other than the king; if of the king, it will then be  the king's escheat.] That it will remain in the king's hand for the said term is true1  unless the chief lord or another makes fine in order to have the king's term. Why  will the land remain in the king's hand? The reason appears to be this, because  when one has been convicted of any felony it will be in the king's power to cast  down his buildings, uproot his gardens and plough up his meadows.2 Since such  acts used to result in serious loss to lords, it was provided for the common welfare  that such harsh and oppressive measures should cease and that the lord king have  instead the profit of the whole of that land for a year and a day,3 so that the whole  might thus revert uninjured to the hands of the chief lords. Nowadays, however,  both are demanded, that is, a fine for the term and likewise for the waste. Why this  is so I do not understand, unless it is because the term and the waste are separate  things, since a fugitive and outlaw offends not only against him who sues and  appeals but against the king whose peace he breaks contrary to his oath of fealty,  to whom he is bound because everyone in taking an oath [of fealty] swears saving  his fealty to the lord king. If the land has not been restored to the chief lord  after the year and day, on his complaint let a writ in this form issue to the sheriff:
A writ for taking an inquest as to whether
[land] has been in the king's hand for such a length of time.  The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you to inquire diligently by the oath of  responsible and law-abiding men of your county whether the land which belonged  to such a man, outlawed (or hanged) in such a vill for homicide (or for some other  felony) has been in our hand for a year and a day, and of whom he held that land.  And send us without delay the inquest made thereon, under your own seal and the  seals of those by whose oaths it was made, and this writ. Witness etc. When the  inquest has been returned this writ follows:
A writ for restoring land to a chief lord after the year and day.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. Because it is clear to us from the inquest that  so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill which belonged to such a man,  hanged (or outlawed) for