which he has no entry except through such an abbot, his predecessor, whether the  writ falls if there are several intervening abbots. It is evident that it does not, no  more than1 degrees are counted from abbot to abbot as from heir to heir in the computation  of the descent, because though the person is changed, the dignity is not  thereby altered but always remains.2
Writ if an heir claims that his ancestor demised for a term.
 We have spoken above of the case where he who demised claims. Now we turn to the  case where the heir claims that the ancestor demised for a term. The form of the writ is  this: The king to the sheriff, greeting. Order such a one to render rightfully and without  delay to such a one so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill which he  claims is his right and inheritance, and in which the aforesaid tenant has no entry  except through such a one, to whom the demandant's father (or mother, brother,  sister, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt, cousin, or predecessor),  whose heir he is, demised it for a term that has passed, as he says. And if he does not  do so, and if the demandant has made you secure with respect to prosecuting his  claim, then summon the aforesaid by good summoners to be before our justices at  their first session when they come into those parts, to show why he has not done so.  And have there the summoners and this writ. Witness etc.
If a husband whom she could not gainsay in his lifetime makes a gift of his wife's inheritance.
 If one makes a gift of his wife's inheritance which she could not gainsay in his lifetime,  after his death she is aided by this writ: The king to the sheriff, greeting. Order such  a one rightfully and without delay to render to such a one, who was the wife of such a  one, so much land with the appurtenances in such a vill which she claims is her right  and inheritance (or her maritagium) and into which the aforesaid has no entry except  through the aforesaid, her former husband, who demised it to him, whom she  could not gainsay in his lifetime, as she says. If he does not do so, and if she has made  you secure etc. (as above). To that entry the tenant may reply in many ways, as explained  above. He may also deny his entry through the husband and say that he  entered through the wife, before she was married to her husband, or after the death of  the husband, and prove it by instruments and witnesses together with the country, or  put himself wholly on a jury, and the inquest may be phrased in those words.3 He may  admit that he had his entry through