Dean Rowland

The reception and implementation of local and parliamentary legislation in England, 1422 - c.1485


Dean Rowland is currently studying for a PhD supervised by Professor Matthew Davies on the means by which parliamentary and local legislation was published and received in England between 1422 and c. 1485.

Research and publications


  • 'The End of the Statute Rolls: Manuscript, Print and Language Change in Fifteenth-Century English Statutes', The Fifteenth Century XI: Concerns and Preoccupations, ed. Linda Clark (Boydell Press: Woodbridge, 2012), pp. 107-125.

Conference and seminar papers

  • ‘From Statute Rolls to Print: differing readings in French and English statutes, 1422- 1489’, Univ. of St. Andrews, Fifteenth Century Conference, Sep. 2009.
  • ‘Language Change in Fifteenth-century English Statutes’, King’s College London, Revealing Records conference, May 2010.
  • ‘Orality and Literacy: proclaiming and understanding legislation in late-medieval England’, IHR Late-medieval seminar, Nov. 2010.
  • ‘‘Nostra lingua materna’: The Language of Proclamations and Readings of Legislation in London, c.1415­–c.1485’, IHR Medieval and Tudor London seminar, May 2012.
  • ‘The Privy Ordinances of London and the Legislation of the Realm: comparing administrative mentalities in fifteenth-century England’, Univ. of Winchester, Fifteenth Century Conference, Sep. 2012.
  • ‘Machlinia and Lettou’s Nova Statuta and its aftermath: the editing and translation of an early English printed law book’, IHR Late-medieval seminar, Feb. 2013 (and also planned for Univ. of Glasgow, British Legal History Conference, July 2013).