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The Fifteenth Century Conference 2017

August 31, 2017 - September 2, 2017
Department of History, University of Essex

University of Essex
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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The conference, which has met in most years since 1970, will bring together established as well as younger scholars of all aspects of fifteenth-century studies. In honour of Margaret Aston (1932-2014), we propose to include a focus upon the religious history of the long fifteenth century. We particularly invite papers on subjects such as heresy and non-conformity, martyrdom, and iconoclasm, as well as pre-Reformation and Reformation religion in a broader sense. 

In common with previous Fifteenth Century Conferences, we also invite papers showcasing all aspects of current research into the fifteenth century and new trends in the field, relating to both England and the wider world, and of all disciplinary backgrounds. Contributions from current research students are especially welcome. Subject to peer review, papers may be published in Boydell & Brewer’s series The Fifteenth Century.

The conference will be held at the Colchester Campus of the University of Essex, located in the beautiful grounds of Wivenhoe House, around 60 minutes from central London. The conference will take advantage of the many medieval features of Colchester, including an exclusive evening private view and wine reception at the newly refurbished Colchester Castle museum, the largest Norman keep in Britain, constructed upon the foundations of the Roman temple of Claudius. Tours will take in the Red Lion, the Duke of Norfolk’s fifteenth century townhouse; the gatehouse of St John’s Abbey; the ruins of St Botolph’s Priory; and eight surviving medieval parish churches.

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If you wish to pay by cheque it is really important that the cheque is made payable to "University of Essex" and drawn on a UK bank.

If you would prefer to pay by credit or debit card, payment will only be possible by telephone. Please:

  • Call the University of Essex cash office on 01206 872372. This line is open between 09.30 and 16.30, Monday to Friday (UK time).
  • Quote reference number 5640-DM01503 and the total cost for your chosen registration\dinner options
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And please remember that accommodation must be booked separately using the Event Essex website at using the promo code 15thCent


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