hundreds, to be there to hear that record and answer thereto and receive judgment  for the aforesaid hundreds. And have there the summoners, the names of the knights,  and this writ. Witness etc. The forms of this kind [of writ] are infinite according to  the diversity of pleas.
Of summonses after the plea has been transferred to the great court.
 When a plea begun by writ of right has, at the petition of the demandant, been transferred  to the great court by pone, the tenant must be summoned to be present there to  answer the demandant with respect thereto. Hence we first must see whether he is  summoned. Therefore something may be said of summonses. It is clear that a summons  [after which there is sometimes a taking into the hand of the lord king by default  or an attachment, according as the action is real or personal, as will be explained  below,]1 is the order of the lord king or his precept that, without other summons, one  appear before him to answer or to do something, or that he appear and have another  to answer or to do something. There is also a precept to the sheriff, that he cause  someone to come, or that he attach or have the body of someone, or to so attach [him]  as to be sure of having his body, according to the varieties of summonses and attachments,  as will be explained below [in the portion] on essoins, where an essoin sometimes  follows, and sometimes not.2 Some summonses are made in real actions, both  possessory and proprietary, others in personal actions, where a person is bound, [as]  in contracts, to give or do something, or in actiones iniuriarum.3 Some summonses are  general, others special. A general or common summons is one that applies to some  universitas, such as all the men of a county or of some city, borough, or vill, for something  which touches the universitas, as the general summons which is made before the  eyre of the justices and the like, which ought always to be made in a public place and  may therefore neither be denied nor challenged, because what all of the county or city  know or acknowledge, one or several cannot deny.4 The essoins which follow a general  summons of this kind are called essoins of common summons, by which a man's  absence is defended if he does not appear on the first day of the common summons,  provided he comes on the day given him to warrant his essoin and after that does not  withdraw without licence. There is also a special summons contained within the general,  as where one is summoned before the justices in connexion with some particular