anticipated by the summons, as was said above. But we must see by what writ,  because, when this is done by the ignorance of the summoners who testify that they  made lawful summons, the justices are not at fault, nor the demandant. The better  way, so it seems, is for the tenant to say that he was wrongfully disseised, [wrongfully]  though with a judgment, because by a wrongful judgment.1 Then, when the  demandant who recovered answers to the assise, he may vouch the king's court to  warranty, which was deceived, by which the process and the judgment may be  revoked.
How a default may be cured by the service of the lord king.
 Before judgment a default may be cured in many ways, just as the judgment, when  it has been given, may be revoked. First of all, by the service of the lord king, if he  is so in his service that he cannot send or come, for the service of the lord king  ought not to be prejudicial to anyone,2 nor so to his advantage that it is harmful to  another.3 Writs of warrant for the king's service are drawn in this form, for the kinds  of default are various. [If] the default is4 before the itinerant justices, sometimes for  the common summons, sometimes for a plea of land,5 let the writs be drawn in this  form.
Writs which excuse because of the service of the lord king.
 The king to his beloved and faithful justices itinerant in such a county, greeting.  Know that such a one was in our service on such a day at such a place, so that he  could not be before you in your eyre on such a day for the common summons.  Therefore we order you not to put him, or permit him to be put, in default because  of the common or general summons made before you of knights and free tenants  and others in your eyre, because as to that we warrant his absence to him. Or in  another way: that such a one was in our service etc. (as above) so that he could not  appear before you in the plea pending between him and such a one with respect to  so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill. Therefore we order you not to  put him in default because of his absence on that day before you, nor to allow him  to lose in any way, because we warrant that day to him, And just as a day is warranted,  a term may be warranted, for good reason, that is, from such a day to such  a day. Thus engagement in a more important matter excuses a man and protects  him from the penalty for contumacy,6 as does ill health. For he does not suffer the  penalty for contumacy whom ill health or engagement in a more important matter  protects.7 As a warrant by the king's