the word term [in the phrase term] which has passed is taken broadly, both for a  term of life and a term of years. It is clear that he who demises for a term of years,  though a very long one, provided it may be proved by the testimony of one who saw  and heard, retains dominium, proprietas, the fee and the free tenement, if he had them  all at the outset, or those of them that he then had. For he transfers nothing to the  farmer except the right to use and enjoy, that is, to have the use and take the fruits.1  Hence the owner may well transfer everything he retained to another, without wrong  to the termor; if he does not, he transfers them all to his heirs. Note that the words  for a term that has passed are general and may determine many special cases, for  what is not said in the writ may be supplied in the narratio. Since it is general, let us  first speak of that. The form of the writ is this:
Writ if one demises for a term that has passed.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. Order A. rightfully and without delay to return to  B. so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill which the same B. demised to  him for a term that has passed, as he says. If he does not do so, and if the same B. has  made you secure with respect to prosecuting his claim, summon the aforesaid A. by  good summoners to be before our justices at their first session when they come into  those parts, to show why he has not done so. And have there the summoners and this  writ. Witness etc. How the tenant ought to be summoned, and if he does not appear  after summons, how the default ought to be punished, will be explained more fully  below [of real actions.] He may essoin himself, if he wishes, of difficulty in coming,  not of bed-sickness, because the essoin of bed-sickness never lies unless the writ of  entry is turned into a writ of right by the narratio, because of a very distant entry  which cannot be proved by a witness's own sight and hearing, only by that of another,  where of necessity the suit must be on the mere right by the grand assise or the duel.2  When the writ of entry begins to be of a nature other than it was at the beginning, that  is, to have that of a writ of right, it ought properly to have everything that belongs to  the writ whose nature it follows in the narratio. Conversely, if by the narratio a writ of  right is turned into a writ of entry, it ceases to have the nature of a writ of right and  thus it will lose the essoin of bed-sickness, for the reason aforesaid.3 But if, though the  writ of right begins to be a writ of entry by the narratio, and the demandant puts forward  his intentio,4