Monday, January 30, 2012

The Fairfax 400th Anniversary Conference

A two day inter-disciplinary conference at Marc Fitch House, 5 Salisbury Rd, University of Leicester, 30 June – 1 July 2012



09.30 – 09.50 Registration and Coffee

9.50 – 10.00 Welcome: Dr Andrew Hopper and Dr Philip Major

10.00 – 11.00 Dr Philip Major (Birkbeck, University of London) ‘“Oh how I love these Solitudes”: Thomas
Fairfax and the Poetics of Retirement’

11.00 – 12.00 Dr John Callow (The Marx Library, Clerkenwell), ‘ “In So Shifting a Scene”: Thomas Fairfax as the Lord of Man, 1652–1660’

12.00 – 12.15 Coffee

12.15 – 13.15 Rory Tanner (University of Ottawa), ‘An Appleton Psalter: the Shared Devotions of Thomas Fairfax and Andrew Marvell’

13.15 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.30 Professor Jacqueline Eales (Canterbury Christ Church University), ‘Anne and Thomas Fairfax, and the Vere “Connection” ’

15.30 – 16.30 Keith Macdonald (University of Leicester), ‘ “The Genius of the House”: Andrew Marvell’s Private Lord Fairfax’

16.30 – 17.00 Afternoon Tea

17.00 – 18.00 Dr Andrew Hopper (University of Leicester), ‘Images of Fairfax in Modern Literature and Film’

18.00 Wine reception


09.30 – 10.30 Robert Barcroft (Keele University), ‘Sir Thomas Fairfax and siege warfare during the English civil wars’

10.30 – 11.30 Dr Ian Atherton (Keele University),
‘Remembering (and Forgetting) Fairfax’s Battlefields’

11.30 – 11.50 Coffee

11.50 – 12.50 Dr Mandy de Belin (University of Leicester), ‘Naseby: Landscape of a Battlefield’

12.50 – 13.50 Lunch

13.50 – 14.30 Travel to Naseby on Coach

14.30 – 17.00 Battlefield Tour conducted by members of the Naseby Battlefield Project

17.00 – 17.30 Afternoon Tea in Naseby area

17.30 – 18.10 Return to Leicester on Coach

Conference Details

This conference will investigate the impact of Sir Thomas Fairfax (1612–1671) upon his time and contemporaries. It will combine the approaches of historians and literary scholars to examine afresh his multiple roles as a general, politician, landowner, husband and literary figure. His memory, image and reputation in art, literature, media and film will also be assessed.


To register for the day please send your name, address, email and contact details in an envelope marked ‘Fairfax 400 Conference’ to Lucy Byrne at the Centre for English Local History, no later than 1 June 2012. Please enclose a cheque payable to ‘The University of Leicester’ for £40 per person. This will cover registration, buffet lunches, refreshments and transport to Naseby for the battlefield tour. Please bring waterproofs and sturdy footwear in case of poor weather.

Ms Lucy Byrne
Centre for English Local History
Marc Fitch Historical Institute
5 Salisbury Road
Leicester, LE1 7QR

Please send queries to the conference organisers, Dr Andrew Hopper and Dr Philip Major


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