inheritance, that is the two parts, against the son of the other woman. If he obtains  the inheritance, his mother consequently will obtain dower without further proof.  Sometimes both [women] may name the same warrantor, when one has a son and  the other none, as where a man, having first contracted marriage with a cousin or  another within the degrees of affinity, as will be explained below, is divorced and  marries a second wife; the issue of the first wife will nonetheless be legitimate,  despite the divorce, and if he has no issue by the second, or even in he has, the  warrantor of the second wife's dower will always be the son born of the first, since  he is the lawful heir of the deceased with respect to succession, because of the ignorance  of both parents or one.1[There is more concerning this matter below.]2 If  several women seek dower and several heirs dispute the inheritance, it must first be  determined, for the reason mentioned above, who the right heir is, and consequently  the rightful warrantor of dower. And whether there is an heir or not, he to whom the  third part ought to revert after the woman's death will always be adjudged her  warrantor, whether there are heirs apparent or not, as where the inheritance ought  to revert to the chief lord as his escheat. But this [sometimes] fails, as where the  husband's feoffee loses the land against the woman claiming dower and cannot  recover escambium against the heir; [her portion reverts to him at her death, but he  is not her warrantor].3 The reason the dower reverts is because it came from him. And  just as an heir may be called lawful because he was begotten in lawful wedlock, so a  wife may be called lawful where a lawful marriage has taken place, and consequently  to be preferred with respect to dower.
When the woman's claim has been put forward, let the tenant either restore the land at once, or show why she ought not to have dower, or vouch a warrantor.
 After the woman has put forward her claim and after the view, as was said above,  when the tenant appears let him either restore dower at once, or except and show  that she ought not to have it, or vouch a warrantor, if he thinks that to his advantage.  [Let the enrollment be made thus: A. who was the wife of B. Claims against C. the  third part of so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill (or so much land,  if it is a specified dower) as her dower, of which the aforesaid B. her late husband  endowed her (or specifically endowed her) etc.] Let the warrantor then be summoned  by the writ above mentioned to appear on a certain day, on which he may  essoin himself, as in other pleas. If he neither comes nor essoins himself, and if the  summons has been attested, let land belonging to him to the value of the land claimed  be seised into the hand of the lord king by this writ.
If the warrantor who was vouched does not appear, seize by this writ.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. Seize into our hands by the view of lawful