SHORTLIST FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2017 ANNOUNCED

SHORTLIST FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2017 ANNOUNCED

April 2017

The six shortlisted titles for the Wolfson History Prize 2017 have been announced today. 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:

Daniel Beer, THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: SIBERIAN EXILE UNDER THE TSARS
Published by Allen Lane
Chris Given-Wilson, HENRY IV
Published by Yale University Press
Christopher de Hamel, MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
Published by Allen Lane
Sasha Handley, SLEEP IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND
Published by Yale University Press
Lyndal Roper, MARTIN LUTHER: RENEGADE AND PROPHET
Published by The Bodley Head
Matthew Strickland, HENRY THE YOUNG KING, 1155-1183
Published by Yale University Press

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.”

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

A full press release is available here.  

                           

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)