It is a misdemeanour to expose a naked corpse to public view, to prevent the burial of a dead body, or to disinter it without authority; also to bury or otherwise dispose of a dead body on which an inquest ought to be held, without giving notice to a coroner.
In every case of death from disease or unknown causes sorcery was suspected and an inquest held, at which the corpse was asked by each relative in succession the name of the murderer.
This inquest was made by the writ Quo Warranto, by which each landholder was invited to show the charter or warrant in which his claims rested.
In the terminology of the Domesday Inquest we find the villeins as the most numerous element of the English population.
Ballard, The Domesday Boroughs (1904) and The Domesday Inquest (1906), an excellent summary; W.
But before this event John had instituted a great inquiry, the inquest of service of June 1212, for the purpose of finding out how much he could exact from each of his vassals, a measure which naturally excited some alarm; and then, fearing a baronial rising, he had abandoned his proposed expedition into Wales, had taken hostages from the most prominent of his foes, and had sought safety in London.
He waved a hand as if to brush her inquest off.