Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 April 2007

272 Pages | 7 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719071096

Bookseller Code (06)


Black Tom

Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution

Andrew Hopper

Published by Manchester University Press

Politics Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain MUP

  • This is the first study of the English civil war's leading general by a modern academic
  • It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the civil wars, combining narrative and thematic approaches to political, religious, social and military histor
  • Previous biographies of Fairfax, published in 1870, 1938 and 1985, were military and political narratives that left academics unsatisfied by failing to tackle the wider questions raised by Fairfax's involvement in the civil wars
  • This book is better and different, combining narrative and thematic approaches to insert Fairfax's experiences into current historiographical debates about seventeenth-century political culture and the meaning of the English revolution
  • The book addresses these wider issues, such as allegiance, religion, gender, gentry honour, image and reputation, the social depth of politics and the interaction between the gentry and the populace
  • It uncovers representations of Fairfax in literature, drama and the contemporary press, also examining the memory of Fairfax from the civil wars to the present It seems a general principle of publishing history that biographies sell well, as do books on the civil war
  • This book combines both
  • Aside from the usual academic journals, regional ones such as the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, York Historian, and Northern History would have a special interest in reviewing and promoting a book on Fairfax Interest in this book will transcend academia
  • Books on the civil war, especially those with a military element, sell well with re-enactment societies such as the Sealed Knot and the English Civil War Society, in particular the Fairfax Battalia, organisations with a combined membership of 7000-8000 individuals
  • The Cromwell Association would stimulate interest in the book among more general enthusiasts and give it exposure in journals such as Cromwelliana
  • There would also be much interest in Yorkshire where popular memory of Fairfax runs more strongly
  • The Fairfax Society has 80 members and Friends of Fairfax House 561
  • More widely, the Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society has around 250 members and the York Civic Trust over 1000