the ordinary to the lord king, no further exception is to be put forward by which  judgment may be postponed.]
The form of the writ.
 Henry by the grace of God [etc.] to the venerable father in Christ A. by the same  grace bishop of London, greeting. Know that when A. in our court before us (or  before our justices) claimed against B. so much land with the appurtenances in  such a vill, the same B. came into the court before etc. and objected against the said  A. that he had no right in that land because he is a bastard, because he was born before  such a one, the father of the said A., had married the mother of the same A.  Therefore we order you, having called before you those who are to be called, to  enquire diligently into the truth of the matter, namely, whether the aforesaid A. was  born before the aforesaid, such a one, had married such a one, the mother of the  same A., or after. And cause the enquiry that you make thereof to be made known to  us or to our justices, such persons, by your letters patent. Witness etc. Since it is  within the king's discretion whether to transmit an enquiry of this kind to court  christian or not, let the writ not include the phrase And since cognisance of such a  matter belongs to the ecclesiastical forum,1<as in the other cases that follow, where it  does belong to the ecclesiastical forum,> and not to the secular.23In this case, since  the exception of bastardy is put forward by the tenant against the demandant, the  demandant must sue and prove that he is legitimate, by replicating to the exception  of bastardy. There is another writ dealing with the same matter.
He against whom bastardy is objected must prove that he is legitimate.
 Henry by the grace of God etc. to the venerable etc. (or to such a one, his official),  greeting. Know that when A. of N. in our court etc. claimed against B. and C. his wife  so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill by an assise of mortdancestor  there summoned between them, and the aforesaid C. said that she was the nearer  heir of D., on whose death A. brought that assise, the same A. objected against the  same C. that she could have no right in that land because she was a bastard, born  before her father had espoused her mother. Therefore we order you etc. (as above).  In this case