nor to a military fee, [or] if with respect to socage, not as to a military fee, as1 where  he says that he is of age because he pleaded in the court of the lord king as one who is  full of age, and there recovered by judgment.
Of proof of age by presumption, by bodily appearance.
 But of all answers, there is only one that leads to a full and sufficient proof of age,  that made by kinsmen and witnesses, adequately examined; all the others raise  presumptions, as bodily appearance and the like. But some admit of proof to the  contrary and others do not, as proof by bodily appearance [attested] by the view  of a justice, as where his appearance is such2 that there is a strong presumption of full  age, as where he is bearded, great in stature or the like. When the justices have judged  him of full age, he will be taken of full age, as against all; there must be no further  argument against their judgment. Since it often appears that one is of age when he is  a minor and conversely,3 [if] the justices are in doubt recourse must of necessity be  had to proof by the country and kinsmen, whether the minor claims or [something] is  claimed from him.
How age is proved by the country when it cannot be proved by bodily appearance, and by whom.
 We must see how this ought to be done. It is clear that it is done by twelve lawful  men, or more if need be, of whom some are the kinsmen of him who says that he is  of full age and some not, by whom the truth of the matter can best be ascertained  and who, after examination, are found in no way suspect, [and] by certain clear  proofs. This is the form of oath: for they ought to swear that he has reached at least  his twenty-first year or more, or that he is not twenty-one years old. If it is a male, the  first juror will swear thus, that he has reached his twenty-first year and more; if a  female, that she has reached fourteen or fifteen years and more, so help him God etc.  After him another will swear thus: The oath that such a one has sworn is true, so  help me God etc. And so all the others. In this way the minor will be allowed to sue or  answer, according to the various kinds of tenements, or if the jurors say the contrary,  not