son of Walter de Lincoln, concerning land in Grimsby.1 By the law of England he will  also have for his life whatever may accrue, namely, in services and the like and in  wardships and reliefs. But if land or an inheritance accrues after the death of his  wife, it will belong to the heirs, if they are of full age, or2 to the chieflords as guardians  if they are under age, also the wardship, because by this law he may retain nothing  more than what accrued during the life of his wife, as [in the roll] of the eyre of William  of Ralegh in the county of Bedford, at the end of the roll.3 That the child uttered a  cry must be proved because though it may well be that it uttered a cry and proof may  fail, it may well be that it never uttered a cry because it died in the womb, so that it  never came [alive] into the light of day, or died at the moment of birth.4[For that  reason, though it is said that it was baptized and buried as a christian, that is to no  avail unless it uttered a cry and that is proved.]5 And [because] though it dies at  birth and does not utter a cry, midwives are wont to attest that it was born alive,6 in  fraud of the true heir. And though born naturally deaf and dumb, it ought nevertheless  to utter a cry, whether male or female, for we call them either Eves or Adams  how many soever are born of Eve. Baptism and burial by themselves therefore do not  suffice.
Of a supposititious child.
 But what shall be said if the wife has in fact not given birth but a child is substituted  who utters a cry. If that is proved the exception falls.
If it is a monster and for a cry utters a roar.
 If when the mother has given birth the child declines to a monster, and when it ought  to utter a cry utters a roar, it then seems that the exception ought not to be good,  because the child is a monster since it is not born in the likeness of a man. But I do  not call a child a monster though nature has given it too few or too many members:7  too few, as where fingers are lacking or the like; too many, as where there are too  many fingers or joints, as six or more where there ought to be no more than five,  8<or if nature has given it useless members, or if it is bent or hump-backed or its  limbs are twisted.>9 <And note that this exception lies both in a possessory action, as