August 1491

Because of the great need and desirability that all men be aware of the aforesaid ordinances and that they are properly enforced, they shall be publicly read out to the community twice a year, viz. on 29 August and again the first Friday of Lent. Responsibilities related to the same are to be read out periodically by the steward to those who are to be charged and sworn to inquire about those who break or disobey the ordinances.

[Political theorists argued that laws could not be binding on citizens unless they were declared in public.]