(as above). If one believes that another is a bastard since he was born [before the  marriage of his parents was celebrated in the face of the church, and the other answers  that they were married] at the time of the interdict, such ceremony being observed  as was then possible, whether it was in the face of the church or not, such  cognisance must be transmitted to the ecclesiastical forum by this writ.
Writ that he was born before marriage.
 The king to such a bishop, greeting. Know that when A. in our court etc. claimed  against B. so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill as his right, the same  B. came into the same court and objected against the same A. that he had no right  in that land because he is a bastard, because he was born so long a time before the  marriage between his father and mother was solemnly contracted in the face of the  church [and] the aforesaid A. replied that he is legitimate and born after a marriage  contracted between his father and mother at the time of the interdict, every ceremony  being observed that was then possible. And since cognisance of such etc. (as  above).
[inquest] has been transmitted to court christian, the plea remains in the king's court until the inquest arrives.  When the plea and inquest has been transmitted to court christian, the plea in the  court of the lord king will remain sine die until the inquest comes to the court, after  the bastardy has been decided in court christian.
Of the duty of the ordinary.
 The duty of the ordinary will be this: after calling the parties together, in their  presence, if they wish to be present, let him make a diligent and summary enquiry,1  according to the form of the writ, whether there were espousals or marriage, or there  were none at all, or there was a marriage but an unlawful one. We must therefore see  [something] of marriage, of which we have spoken above in the tractate who is a  lawful heir,2 where it is said that he is the lawful heir whom lawful nuptials prove  to be such,3 whether the marriage is secret or public,4 by words de praesenti or de  futuro,5 as long as it cannot be dissolved, or [if] contracted under a prohibition,6 has  not been dissolved in the lifetime of the contracting parties, since espousals or  marriage is the joining together of a man and a woman holding to a single tenor of  life.7 By this it may easily be ascertained who is legitimate and who a bastard.  When the ecclesiastical judge has made the inquest, there is to be no appeal from  him by anyone,