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I am Reader in Late Medieval History. I studied as an undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford, and moved to Merton College to work on my D.Phil on 'The de Vere Earls of Oxford, 1400-1513', which was completed in 2003. I worked for the History of Parliament Trust (1422-61 and 1604-29 sections), before taking up a post as a medieval specialist at the National Archives in 2005. I joined the University of Winchester in September 2013 and was promoted to Reader in 2017. Until recently I was Convenor of the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research, formally launched in May 2018.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

  • English history 1300 - 1550
  • The Wars of the Roses
  • Nobility and gentry
  • The reign of Henry VII
  • Late medieval and early Tudor kingship
  • The late medieval royal administration and the Common Law



  • Ross, J. (2016) Henry VI: a good, simple and innocent man (Penguin Monarchs Series)
  • Ross, J. (2013) Calendar of Royal Charter Witnesses, 1426-1516, from the Charter Rolls and other Sources in the National Archives. Edited, with an Introduction and Index (List and Index Society, 346).
  • Ross, J. (2011) John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford, 1442-1513. ‘The Foremost Man of the Kingdom’ (Woodbridge).

Articles and chapters


  • Ross, J. (2021), 'Lord Bergavenny's Illegal Retaining Revisited', Historical Research, 94 (2021), pp. 675-694.
  • Ross, J. (2020), 'Greater Landowners and the Management of their Estatees in Late Medieval England', in Fifteenth Century, 17. Rulers, Regions and Retinues. Essays Presented to Tony Pollard, ed. L. Clark and P. Fleming (Woodbridge), pp. 93-103.
  • Ross, J. (2018), ‘The English Aristocracy and Mesne Feudalism in the Later Middle Ages’, English Historical Review, 133, pp. 1027-59.
  • Ross, J. (2018), 'The Noble Household as a Political Centre in the Early Tudor Period', in The Elite Household in England, 1100-1550, ed. C.M. Woolgar (Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 28, 2018), pp. 75-92
  • Kleineke, H. and Ross, J. (2017) 'Just another day in Chancery Lane: disorder and the law in London's legal quarter in the fifteenth century'. Law and History Review, 35, pp. 1017-47
  • Ross, J. (2015) 'The Treatment of Traitors' Children and Edward IV's Clemency in the 1460s', The Fifteenth Century, 14, 131-42.
  • Ross, J. (2013) ‘A Governing Elite? The Higher Nobility in the Yorkist and Early Tudor period’ in H.W. Kleineke and C. Steer, eds, The Yorkist Age (Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 23), 95-115.
  • Ross, J. (2012) ‘‘Contrary to the ryght and to the order of the lawe’: New Evidence of Edmund Dudley’s Activities on behalf of Henry VII in 1504’, English Historical Review, 127, 24-45.
  • Ross, J. (2011) "Mischievously Slewen’: John, Lord Scrope, the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk and the murder of Henry Howard in 1446’ in H.W. Kleineke, ed., The Fifteenth Century X. Parliament, Personalities and Power. Papers Presented to Linda S. Clark (Woodbridge), pp 75-95.
  • Ross, J. (2011) ‘Vere, Thomas de, eighth earl of Oxford, d. 1371’ and ‘Vere, Richard de, eleventh earl of Oxford, 1385-1417’ in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Sept. 2011 update).
  • Ross, J. (2011) ‘Sedition and the King Beyond the See’? The Norwich Cordwainers, the Prior of Shouldham and Edmund de la Pole, 1504-8’, The Ricardian, 21, 47-59.
  • Ross, J. (2010) ‘The de Vere Family and the House of York, c. 1440-1485’ in L. Visser-Fuchs, ed., Richard III and East Anglia: Magnates, Gilds and Learned Men (Richard III Society), pp 47-66.
  • Ross, J. (2007) 'Essex County Society and the French War in the Fifteenth Century' in L. Clark, ed., The Fifteenth Century VII. Conflicts, Consequences and the Crown in the Late Middle Ages (Woodbridge), 53-80
  • Ross, J. (2005) ‘Richard, Duke of Gloucester and the de Vere Estates’, The Ricardian, 15, 20-32.
  • Ross, J. (2003) 'Seditious Activities: The Conspiracy of Maud de Vere, Countess of Oxford, 1403-4' in L. Clark, ed., The Fifteenth Century III. Authority and Subversion (Woodbridge), pp 25-42.

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