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Norman Laws (Early 13th c.)

Chapter V. Concerning Dowers 1. If anyone has a wife and children, and, while they are living, one

of the sons takes a wife, and [the son] gives her as dower part or all of the dowry of his mother, and the father and the sons die, the mother shall have her whole dowry without challenge; and the widowed bride of the son shall receive an equivalent dower from the estate of the father or of the deceased son, and if there is no estate on the part of the deceased husband, the younger widow shall wait for her dower, until her husband's widowed mother, in whose dowry her dower was located, dies.