alleges that she has more in dower than she ought to have, because she has nothing  more than rightful dower according to the law of the land, or no more than was  constituted for her, though of a smaller1 amount than rightful dower, and let her  prove this by suit or in some other way, if she can. She may also say, taking the  improvements into account, that in the year and day her husband died the land she  now holds in dower did not amount to a full third part of her husband's entire  inheritance, and that, if she later improved it, such improvements ought not to be  included in the valuation, as [in the roll] of Michaelmas term in the thirteenth and  the beginning of the fourteenth years of king Henry, about the middle of the roll.2  If this can be proved, her dower will remain to her as it was constituted.
What belongs to a woman after the constitution and assignment of dower.
 After dower has been constituted and assigned, nothing of the proprietas belongs to  the woman,3 nothing but seisin and the free tenement for her life, [so that] she can  do nothing by which anyone4 may have a perpetuity, only for as long as she can  warrant it, because the right of property remains with the heir, or with another to  whom the right has come, as in the name of escheat or5 by reason of alienation and  sale, who6 [is] the warrantor of her dower. Hence she can claim nothing except to  use and enjoy the dotal property, without waste, destruction or exile. She may take  reasonable estovers in the woods for building, burning and fencing within her  dower, not outside it,7 and if she commits waste, destruction, or exile in excess of  rightful estovers, the heir or other owner may stop her without acting contrary to  law. Nor will the assise of novel disseisin lie for the woman if she complains that she  is thus disseised of her free tenement, for only rightful estovers are granted her,  which do not include waste.8 If she cannot be prevented, recourse must be had to  a superior, namely, the king, who will order the sheriff not to permit the woman to  do waste. If she does not desist on this order, let her be attached to appear coram  rege to show why she commits waste. The writ to the sheriff, directing him not to  permit, will be this:
If a woman has committed waste and destruction in her dower; of prohibiting waste.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you not to permit such a woman to  commit waste, sale or exile of the lands,