Coroners' rolls and files, and similar records like sheriffs' crown pleas rolls and writs of exigent. The coroners' rolls and files are for counties, boroughs and liberties, and they record inquests into all unnatural and sudden deaths, deaths in prison, abjurations of the realm, appeals, exactions and outlawries held in the county court, approvers' appeals and felons' confessions. The inquests in particular give a variety of details concerning the circumstances of deaths, including the implement or other agent, sometimes as large as a cart or a mill wheel, which caused the death and so was forfeit to the crown as deodand, as well as information concerning the persons and places involved. To that extent the inquests contain as great a variety of miscellaneous information as the various other series of inquisitions. Some documents are not coroners' rolls. They include a file of presentments made at a King's Bench provincial session, two oyer and terminer files, several sheriffs' crown pleas rolls, files and individual writs of exigent, lists of outlawries, individual inquests and records of appeals of approvers.
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