may defend herself against the plaintiff's suit by wager of law and thus evade the  penalty, which ought not be, for when damage is so done in a corporeal thing that  it is manifest to the sight of men, she cannot deny by wager of law that it is not so,1  because the view would thus be contrary to the oath of the jurors. It is better, therefore,  when the woman denies waste, that a view be made of the thing wasted contrary  to the prohibition, and of the kind and extent of the waste, and when the waste is  established by the view and the oath of honest and lawful men, that it be emended.  But in obligations and contracts and stipulations, which are entered into by consent  and will, as in agreements, promises, gifts, sales, and the like, [where] if suit is produced2  and the suit is examined, it only raises a presumption, the defendant may  defend himself against suit by wager of law, the number of those swearing being  doubled, at least, who, since there are more, raise a stronger presumption in support  of their verdict.3 Thus the stronger presumption overcomes the weaker. But if the  plaintiff has proof, such as instruments and sealed charters, against such proofs there  will be no defense by wager of law. If the validity of the instrument4 is contradicted,  it will be proved by the country and by the witnesses.
The woman can answer to the waste.
 The woman may also answer that if waste was committed there it was done not in  her time but in that of another, that is, of her husband, [or] of the guardian or the  heir, before the assignment of dower. If the plaintiff denies this let the truth be  inquired by the country.5
 When the plaintiff has suit and the woman denies the waste, and both put themselves  on the country, the sheriff will be ordered, having assumed knights, to cause a  view to be made of that waste [etc.] by this writ.
A writ for viewing waste by the sheriff and the country, and that twelve knights come on a certain day to view that waste and that he remit the inquest to the justices.7
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you to go in your own person, taking  with you [twelve], both knights and other free, lawful and honest men of such a  vicinage, to such a manor, which A. who was the wife of B. holds in dower of the  inheritance of the same B. and cause the view