because she then first has a standing to appear in court, that is, according to some,  but according to others, no matter who raises the exception, she who has proved  herself the lawful wife will obtain without further delay.] How the inquest ought to  be made [may be drawn from the answer made] to a consultation of the bishop of  Worcester, [to whom], on the advice of Martin, this reply was given on behalf of  the king.1
The justices were consulted as to the procedure in taking such an inquest.
 The king to such a one, bishop, greeting. When a disputed dower was being agitated  before our justices of the bench between A. the woman-demandant2 and B. the tenant,  after many altercations it was objected against A. by B. that she had not been  joined in lawful marriage to the man in whose name she claimed dower, and at  length the taking of an inquest was entrusted to the bishop of Worcester, in whose  diocese the marriage between them was alleged to have been contracted. Afterward  the same bishop consulted us as to how to proceed in the taking of the said inquest,  to whose consultation we were led, according to the custom3 of England, to reply in  this way: that when an inquest is so entrusted to him, having convoked those who  ought be convoked etc. as above, let him proceed in this way: in the first place let  him notify the tenant to be present on a certain day at a certain place ready to  speak against the marriage if she so desires. And then, whether she appears or not,  let him admit the witnesses whom the woman who wishes to prove the marriage has  produced, because of the contumacy of the other woman who has not appeared.  And having inquired into the truth without any great legal formality, summarily,4  so to speak, let the inquest be sent to the lord king, despite any appeal put forward  by the opposing party, should she be present, because if either party should here be  heard as appellant and it was delayed pending the appeal, the cause would never  come to an end and the business could be protracted indefinitely. Nor ought either  party to have recourse by appeal to other judges, especially not to the pope or  others outside the realm, lest they thus have cognizance of lay fee.
An exception against the woman, if at any time there has been a judgment in a matrimonial cause against the woman claiming dower.
 An exception will also bar a woman claiming dower if she once claimed him, in whose  name she claims dower, as her husband, denouncing the marriage as unlawful, and  judgment was then given against her, as where a woman [excepts against another and]  says that she cannot claim dower because when she claimed such a one as her husband  in