or matrimonial, as to which, at the proper time, he showed1 them the letters of the  lord king prohibiting them from proceeding, to which the aforesaid judges refused  to pay regard. It may also be alleged that the excommunication was null or wrongful  because an appeal was properly taken from such judgment, and he may put forward  many other answers to safeguard his status, but let him have his proof ready at hand,  for as soon as his excommunication is established it will be necessary to establish his  absolution.
He who has been properly excommunicated and has remained in that condition for forty days.
 Finally note that when one has been properly excommunicated and has obstinately  continued in that status for forty days, despising the keys of the church, then, that  sword may aid sword, after notice by the bishop or his official let the excommunicate  be arrested. [But one will never be arrested at the order of judges delegate, or of an  archdeacon or other inferior judge, because it is over bishops that the king has coercion,  because of their baronies.] When an excommunicate ought to be arrested,  [and] the chancellor has received the bishop's letters, he will issue a writ in this form.
Of arresting an excommunicate; thus sword aids sword.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. The venerable father N. has made known to us by  his letters patent that such a one, who was excommunicated because of his manifest  contumacy, refuses to be justiced2 by ecclesiastical censure. Because the royal power  ought not to be lacking to Holy Church in its complaints, we order you to justice him  by his body according to the custom of England until satisfaction has been made to  Holy Church, both of his contempt and for the wrong done to it by him. Witness etc.  When the arrested man has satisfied the church, he will be delivered at the bishop's  order by this writ.
The king will order the sheriff.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. Because the venerable father, such a bishop, has  made known to us that for such a one, whom at his request (or at the request of the  venerable father, such a bishop) we ordered to be arrested by you and justiced by  his body as one despising the keys of the church, the blessing of absolution is at hand,