[claiming] the mere right by a writ of right, as where the tenant holds for life for some reason.  As said above, a perpetual peremptory exception may lie against the demandant,  against him and his heirs, as where one claims a thing as his right and in fee, and the  tenant says that he himself has the right, as in fee to himself and his heirs forever.  Similarly, the tenant may admit that the demandant has the right and the fee, but  except that he has the free tenement, as where1 he holds for life in some way, as in  the name of dower or by way of gift, [or] by the law of England,2
By the law of England if he has an offspring who utters a cry which is heard.
 as where, whether he has an inheritance or not, a man marries a wife having an inheritance,  or a maritagium, or land by way of gift; if they have children procreated  in lawful wedlock and the wife dies first, her inheritance and land will remain to the  husband for the whole of his life, whether the children are alive or dead, all or some,  provided they have once uttered a cry or a sound heard within the four walls. [And  what is said of a first husband may also be said of a second, if she afterwards marries a  second, whether she has living heirs by her first husband or not,3 whether they are of  full age or minors, which was wrongful according to Stephen of Segrave, especially  when she has heirs by her first husband, though it might be upheld if there were none.  He used to say4 that this law was misunderstood and misapplied, because what is  said of the law of England ought to be understood of her first husband and their  common heirs, not of a second, especially when heirs of the first husband were in  existence.] Therefore when one who so holds is impleaded by another and excepts  that he holds for life by the law of England, by reason of a child heard to cry within  the four walls, and the answer is made that no such child was born or uttered a sound,  the tenant must prove the contrary by sufficient suit, who heard the cry, in their own  persons, not through the testimony of others, and who, being carefully examined as  to the day, the place, the hour and the other circumstances, [testify] that he uttered a  cry,5 or6 that he was baptized and made a christian, which amounts to the same,7 as  [in the roll] of the eyre of Martin of Pateshull in the county of Lincoln8 in the tenth  year of king Henry, [the case] of William