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When an individual with property died and left a will the accuracy of this had to be proved and recorded in a court (hence probate) before the will could be executed and its terms followed. There were many probate courts (not all of them ecclesiastical) and complex rules governing which wills should be proved in which courts. The court in which the wills of the most prominent landowners were heard was the Prerogative Court of Canterbury which is commonly referred to as P.C.C.