1986 …2019

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Personal profile


Main areas of research
  • the history of crime and criminal justice in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, currently homicide and policing, together and separately
  • social history of Italy in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance


I welcome prospective PhD students in the history of medieval crime and justice, or in late medieval Italian social and political history.

Convening and editing

Co-editor, Papers of the British School at Rome : we invite submission of high-quality papers in all periods of Italian history



Doctoral research, under the supervision of Philip Jones ... first book (Land and Power in Late Medieval Ferrara, OUP 1987) ... numerous papers on Ferrarese history, for example on Ferrarese chronicle-writing (in Phaeton's Children, ed. Looney & Shemek, 2006).

Crime and justice

Numerous projects completed with external funding (British Academy, Leverhulme Trust) ... starting in Ferrara, then in the neighbouring city of Bologna, and eventually more widely in Italy and Europe. To date, three books, two co-edited collections (Crime, Society and the Law, and Murder in Renaissance Italy, both with Kate Lowe and both with CUP) and numerous papers, on revenge, insult, domestic violence, theft, fornication, sodomy, pacification, policing, suicide, homicide, Jews.

Textbook and book of texts

My source-book, The Towns on Italy in the Later Middle Ages was published by Manchester University Press in 2000, and I have also updated Daniel Waley's classic textbook, The Italian City-Republics (4th edn, Longman, 2010). Contributions on the signori of the thirteenth-fourteenth century Italy in the Short Oxford History of Italy, Italy in the Central Middle Ages, ed. D. Abulafia (2004), and in New Cambridge Medieval History, vol 5, ed D. Abulafia (1999).

Currrently working on ...

New papers on crime and criminal justice: variously on homicide, bigamy, policing. 








Research Output

Police forces in medieval Italy: Bologna, 1340-1480

Dean, T., 10 May 2019, In : SOCIAL HISTORY. 44, p. 151-172

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A Protected Minority? Jews and Criminal Justice: Bologna 1370-1500

Dean, T., 1 Aug 2018, In : Jewish History. 31

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
56 Downloads (Pure)

Eight varieties of homicide: Bologna in the 1340s and 1440s

Dean, T., Jul 2017, Murder in Renaissance Italy. Dean, T. & Lowe, K. J. P. (eds.). Cambridge: CUP, p. 83-105

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Getting out of jail: suicide, escapes and releases in late medieval Bologna

Dean, T., 5 Jun 2017, In : Historical Research. 90, 249, p. 449-464

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
145 Downloads (Pure)

Sodomy in Renaissance Bologna

Dean, T., Jun 2017, In : Renaissance Studies. 31, 3, p. 426 443 p., DOI 10.1111/rest.12225.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

89 Downloads (Pure)


The impact of Roman culture: a study of the countryside in Sussex

Author: Rudling, D., 2015

Supervisor: Behr, C. (Supervisor), Tempest, K. (Supervisor) & Dean, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis