court christian before such judges, judgment went against her. The replication may  be made that she1 appealed from such judgment to other judges, so that the first  judgment was revoked as void, and in consequence she remained with her husband  until his death and he was seised of her as of his wife. If this is proved, the woman  demandant will recover,2 unless [the other] can show that nothing came of the appeal,  either that it was not prosecuted, or if prosecuted and judgment given for the  appellant, it was reversed by other judges. If she has proof of this, judgment will be  for her in the royal court, or because of difficulty of investigation let the inquest be  sent to court christian.
An exception lies against a woman by reason of her silence.
 An exception arising from the silence of the woman-demandant may also be given  the woman-tenant or the heir, the marriage being void, so to speak,3 as where the  woman, though she is present in the church (or elsewhere, where she cannot be  ignorant) when the banns, the three public announcements4 in church, are made  before marriage, is then silent; though she is in truth married, she will be prejudiced  if she [afterwards] claims the man as her husband.5 If she cannot prevail in claiming  the man, a fortiori she cannot in claiming dower.6
If two women claim dower it does not much matter about priority.
 If two women claim dower, it will not much matter which first impetrated, but we  must see which ought to be called actrix as against the other. It is clear that she  may be called actrix who first came before the court,7 that is, she who first uses her  writ, though she did not first impetrate, unless the other woman, by excepting, is  made actrix,8 for just as he who alleges it is bound to prove the action, so he who  excepts, either by affirming or denying, provided the negative contains an implied  affirmative, [is bound to prove] the exception, [and thus] is called actor.8 On this  matter may be found [in the roll] of the eyre of the abbot of Reading and Martin of  Pateshull in the county of Gloucester in the fifth year of king Henry [the case] of  Clementia of Doudeswell.9 When they are sent to court christian, let the tenant  always hold in peace until illegitimacy is established, [that is], which of them is  lawful and which not. When both are required to produce proof, one of them,  though she is in truth lawful, may fail in her proof, since proof may fail though there  is no absence of right,10 as where a man first marries one woman in France or in the  Holy Land, or elsewhere outside the realm, and then another de