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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. The overall winner of the Wolfson History Prize will be announced on 15 May 2017. Click on any cover to have the chance to win all the shortlisted books worth £175!

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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
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: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016
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
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Shortlisted for 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
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The Wolfson History Prize 2017
The Wolfson History Prize 2017 Shortlist announced!

The six shortlisted titles for the Wolfson History Prize 2017 have been announced. It is the first time that the Prize has issued a shortlist in its 45 year history. Each shortlisted author will receive £4,000. The overall winner will be revealed at a reception at Claridge’s on Monday 15 May 2017 and will receive a prize of £40,000.

The shortlisted books for this year’s award are:

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 are: Sir David Cannadine (Chairman), Sir Richard Evans, Professor Julia Smith and Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch.

 

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said: “We are delighted to announce this shortlist of six remarkable books. Together they exhibit a wonderful range of period, place and type of history. But they are united by their brilliance, combining the highest scholarly standards with a lucid readability. They will be enjoyed by a wide audience, and I can imagine any of them as an ideal companion for a summer holiday.

We are also very excited to be announcing a shortlist for the first time. This reflects the sheer range and quality of history being produced in the UK today. We hope that the shortlist will shine a light on even more books, and also encourage debate about what makes brilliant, accessible history.”

Click here to find out more about the Wolfson Foundation.

 

Daniel Beer
Christopher de Hamel
Lyndal Roper
Chris Given-Wilson
Sasha Handley
Matthew Strickland

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