in the county of Shropshire, [the case] of one Emma who claimed dower.1 And so of  anyone else whose assent is required. And if dower so constituted is not restored,  she is aided by the following writ: The king to the sheriff, greeting. Order A. right-fully  and without delay to render to B. who was the wife of C. so much land with the  appurtenances in such a vill of which the same C. her late husband and the heir of  such a one endowed her with the consent of the aforesaid, his father (or mother  or the like) when he married her at the church door, and of which she has nothing,  as she says, and of which she complains that the aforesaid A. deforces her. And unless  he does so, and if the aforesaid B. had made you secure etc. (as above). Before the  person summoned appears he will have one essoin, as above, and with respect to  defaults and the rest let it be done as above, until he appears. When he appears,  [she must put forward her intentio], [it may be sufficiently drawn from the foregoing  how the woman ought to put forward her intentio.] and after having put it forward  she must have proof, suit or some other proof, as above, and let proof be made here  as there.2[If the jurors are uncertain as to some matters and [certain] as to others,  [as where] they say that they well know she was married, but not whether she was  endowed by consent or not, she will not recover, unless her husband had seisin of  that same land at some time during his life, for then his seisin suffices to provide her  with dower though [her endowment] de assensu parentum is invalid, as [in the roll]  of Hilary term in the thirteenth year of king Henry, at the end of the roll.]3
If she was endowed by consent.
 When it is excepted against her that she was never endowed by the consent and  agreement of such ancestor, and she says that she was, let an inquest be held by a  writ in this form: The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you to inquire diligently  as to those who were present when A. married B., and to cause twelve, chosen from  among them as well as from other free and discreet men of your county, to come  before our justices on such a day to recognize whether on the day the same A.  married the same B. he endowed her by the assent and agreement of such a one or  not. On this matter may be found in the roll of Trinity term in the fourth year of  king Henry in the county of Suffolk, [the case] of one Alexandra.4
An exception lies for the heir because more than one woman is claiming dower.
 The exception of several women claiming dower on the death of one man also lies  for the tenant, whether he is the heir or not,5 [for] he may except that he ought not  answer to the two any more than if two implead one of the same land, of the whole or  some part, whether the plea is on the possession or on the property.
1. B.N.B., no. 737; C.R.R., xiv, no. 2147; Hall in E.H.R., lxxix, 156