2017 Prize

2017 Prize

The winner of the 2017 Wolfson History Prize was Dr Christopher de Hamel for his book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts.

De Hamel, who received the £40,000 prize, is Fellow and former librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was one of six authors shortlisted for the 2017 Prize.

Awarded annually by the Wolfson Foundation for over forty years, the Wolfson History Prize has become synonymous with celebrating outstanding history. Established in 1972, it has awarded more than £1.1 million in recognition of the best historical writing being produced in the UK, reflecting qualities of both readability and excellence in writing and research.

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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Shortlist

Read the full shortlist press release 

 

Daniel Beer
for
The House of the Dead:
Siberian Exile under
the Tsars

(Allen Lane)

Chris Given-Wilson
for
Henry IV
(Yale University Press)

Christopher de Hamel
for
Meetings with
Remarkable Manuscripts

(Allen Lane)

   

Sasha Handley
for
Sleep in Early
Modern England
(Yale University Press) 

Lyndal Roper
for
Martin Luther:
Renegade and Prophet

(The Bodley Head)

Matthew Strickland
for
Henry the Young King,
1155 – 1183
(Yale University Press)