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The Wolfson History Prize 2017 The Wolfson History Prize 2017

Awarded by the Wolfson Foundation each year since 1972, the Wolfson History Prize has become synonymous with celebrating outstanding history. Now in its 45th year, it remains Britain’s foremost history prize, promoting standards of excellence in scholarly history for a general audience.

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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Christopher de Hamel is a man happy in his work – his enthusiasm and love for his subject lights up this account of medieval manuscripts and their history. With first-rate illustrations, we too...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer
The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the mad, the bad and the dangerous were thought to find...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland
Henry the Young King, 1155-1183
Matthew Strickland
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, brother to the future Richard the Lionheart and “wicked” King John yet never King in his own right. Destined never to get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/06/2016
Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley
Sleep in Early Modern England
Sasha Handley
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. We face many clashing opinions about sleep today. But spare a thought for the hapless person in pre C18 England, harried by thoughts of sloth and religious foot-dragging. Hemmed around by different but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/08/2016
Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson
Henry IV
Chris Given-Wilson
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Not one of the famous Henrys, not a “V” or an VIII”, but a modest “IV”, more unfamiliar to us general readers and thus more interesting, there are new things to learn about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2016
Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper
Martin Luther
Lyndal Roper
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. This year is the anniversary of the events that we hold responsible for the beginning of the European Reformation in 1517. As it turns out, along with most other things about Martin Luther,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
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The Wolfson History Prize 2017
The Wolfson History Prize 2017 Winner announced!

The winner of this year’s Wolfson History Prize is Dr Christopher de Hamel for his book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts.

The overall winner was revealed at a reception at Claridge’s on Monday 15 May 2017 and received a prize of £40,000.

The shortlisted books for this year’s award were:

House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer
Henry IV by Chris Given_Wilson
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley
Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper
Henry the Young King by Matthew Strickland

The Judges for the Wolfson History Prize 2017 were: Sir David Cannadine (Chairman), Sir Richard Evans, Professor Julia Smith and Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch.

Sir David Cannadine, Chair of the Prize Judges, said: “Christopher de Hamel's outstanding and original book pushes the boundaries of what it is and what it means to write history. By framing each manuscript of which he writes as the story of his own personal encounter with it, he leads the reader on many unforgettable journeys of discovery and learning. Deeply imaginative, beautifully written, and unfailingly humane, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts distils a lifelong love of these astonishing historical treasures, which the author brings so vividly to life. It is a masterpiece.”

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