whom the descent ought to be made in the right line descending or in the transverse  line ascending, since the right cannot re-ascend the right line by which it descends,  may be seen below [in the portion] on succession,1[provided that if, for failure of  heirs descending in the right line the count of the descent ought to be made by  reverting to the transverse line, to someone who died very long ago, let inquiry be  made as to the king in whose reign he died; if he died in the reign of king Henry the  grandfather or subsequently, the descent will be good, because from that time one  may prove his right and the descent, but if he died before the reign of that king, no  matter when, an action will be useless because of lack of proof.]2
If an abbot or prior or other collegiate men claim by writ of right.
 If an abbot or prior claims land or an advowson or whatever in the name of his  church on the seisin of his predecessors by saying and of which such a one, abbot,  my predecessor, was seised in his demesne etc., let him not make his count from  abbot to abbot or prior to prior, nor make mention of intervening abbots or priors,3  for in colleges and chapters the body always remains the same though all die successively  and others take their places, as may be said of flocks of sheep, where the  flock always remains the same though all the sheep or heads die successively,4 nor  does one succeed the other by right of succession so that the right descends hereditarily  from one to another, for the right always belongs to the church and remains  with the church, as may be seen in the charters of feoffment of men of religion,  where it may clearly be seen that the gift is made first and principally to God and  such a church, and secondarily to the monks or canons there serving God.5 For that  reason, if the abbot or prior, the monks or the canons, die successively, the house  will remain in perpetuum. Hence when an abbot or prior or other collegiate men  claim land or an advowson against anyone by writ of right in the name of a church,  having put forward his claim and supported it, as was said above, let the enrolment  be made in this way: Such a one, abbot (or prior or another) claims against such  a one so much land with the appurtenances etc. (or such an advowson, that is,  the advowson of such a church with the appurtenances) as the right of his church,  of which such a one, abbot (or prior or another) his predecessor, was seised in his  demesne as of fee and right in a time of peace etc. (as above) so that he presented