to an assise of mortdancestor, and to other writs and pleas, whether corporeal things  or rights are claimed, with respect to everything of which the minor's ancestor did  not die seised in demesne as of fee, 12<because, conversely, he will not answer with  respect to anything of which his ancestor did die so seised.> If a minor loses during his  minority by an assise of mortdancestor, in a possessory plea, when he comes of age  he will recover by a writ of right in a proprietary plea. A minor will answer within  age for another's act as well as his own, with respect to restitution, not as to the  penalty, as where3 his father or other ancestor, whose heir he is, committed a disseisin,  since he succeeds immediately to a tainted thing, [if after the death of his  ancestor an action is brought against him by writ of entry.]4 He will also answer  on occasion on a bond made by his ancestors in the king's court, by counsel of the  court, as where his ancestor bound himself to answer another on a certain day, or if  he should die, bound his heirs [to do so], whether of full age or within age, as [in the  case] of the heirs of John of Monmouth against the king.5
When a minor is impleaded he need not answer before he is of age as to anything of which his ancestor, whose heir he is, died seised as of fee.
 A minor impleaded within age will not answer as to anything of which his ancestor,  whose heir he is, died seised as of fee;6[and because, as was said above, he sometimes  is bound to answer within age and sometimes not, without prejudice to him an inquest  may be taken while he is under age to determine whether his ancestor died  seised as of fee, to himself and his heirs, or only for a term of life or years, or as of  gage or in wardship or the like;] if he is forced to answer as to such while under age,  he is aided by this writ, that he need not answer before he is of age, because the estate  of a minor ought not to be changed. 7[when the inquest has been taken, the plea will  either remain or proceed.]
Writ that a minor not answer while under age.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you not to implead (or allow to be impleaded)  such a one, said to be within age, with respect to his free tenement in such  a vill, until he has reached the age at which he may and ought to answer for the tenement  according to the law and custom of England. Witness etc. If one vouches a  minor to
1. Supra iii, 302, 303, infra 315; B.N.B., i, 95-8