A writ to the effect that he was never so seised that etc.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you to cause to come before you and the  keepers of the pleas of our crown in your full county court twelve free and lawful  men of such a vicinage by whom the truth may best be known, and to enquire  diligently by their oath whether B. the late husband of A. on the day he married  the same A. or ever thereafter was so seised in his demesne as of fee of so much land  with the appurtenances in such a vill that he could endow the aforesaid A. thereof  or not, because both the aforesaid A. and C. of N., against whom the aforesaid A.  claims a third part in dower, have put themselves on that jury. And the inquest  which you hold thereon etc. (as above). And let the order of inquests be observed  as above, according as it ought to be held before the justices or in the county court.1  There may be many reasons why he could not endow her therewith, as where he  was never in seisin, or if he was in seisin gave it to someone before he had married  his wife, or held it only for life, or for a term as the property of another, or in wardship  with one who was under age, or as the maritagium or inheritance of his first  wife, or in villeinage as a villein. No one in such seisin may endow his wife, and hence  a general inquest2 may be taken in the manner described, which includes all these  species. But if in his narratio he descends to one in particular, and alleges the reason  why such a one could not endow his wife, as where he held in villeinage, or as the  maritagium of his first wife, or in wardship, or in some other way, as said above, then  let mention of this particular be made in the form of the inquest, in this way, namely,  to recognize on their oath whether B., formerly the husband of A., on the day he  married the same A. or ever thereafter, was so seised in his demesne as of fee of so  much land with the appurtenances in such a vill that he could endow her thereof, or  whether, before he married the same A., he gave that land to C. of N. and made him  his charter thereof. Or thus, whether B. formerly the husband of A., on the day he  married the same A., held so much land so freely and in fee etc. that he could endow  the same A. thereof, as she says, or held it in villeinage and as a villein, as C. alleges,  against whom the aforesaid A. claims a third part in dower. Or in another way,  whether he held it as his right and in fee etc. or in wardship (or as the right of his  first wife, or for a term of years or for the term of his life only) because both the  aforesaid C.3 and A. have put themselves