The Fairfax 400th Anniversary Conference


Centre for English Local History,
University of Leicester
30 June - 1 July 2012

This two-day interdisciplinary 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.

The conference also includes a guided tour of Naseby battlefield.


To register for the conferenc please send your name, address, email and contact details in an envelope marked ‘Fairfax 400 Conference’ to Lucy Byrne at the address below. Last few places still available!

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 a 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

Programme update

18 June: newly added, Professor Richard Nash of Indiana University on 'Fairfax as a Horse Breeder'

Please note that Saturday 30 June is the University's 'Summer Reunion' event and there may be a lot of people around the main campus. If arriving by car, you should try parking in the car park on Regent Road.

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The conference organisers are very grateful to the Society for Renaissance Studies for their financial support in sponsoring this event.

The organisers also acknowledge the generosity of Bateman's brewery who have kindly agreed to provide the thirsty delegates with three cases of Fairfax-inspired Dark Lord bitter.