The Whitfield Prize

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The Whitfield Prize (or Whitfield Book Prize) is a prize of £1000 awarded annually by the Royal Historical Society to the best work on a subject of British or Irish history published within the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland during the calendar year. To be eligible for the award, the book must be the first history work published by the author.[1]

History of the prize[edit]

The prize was founded in 1976 out of the bequest of Archibald Stenton Whitfield. Originally, the prize was £400; five years later, it was increased to £600.[2] Currently, the prize is £1000.

Previous winners[edit]

Source: Royal Historical Society

Year Winner(s)
1977 K. D. Brown, John Burns
1978 Marie Axton, The Queen's Two Bodies: Drama and the Elizabethan Succession
1979 Patricia Crawford, Denzil Holles, 1598–1680: A study of his Political Career
1980 D. L. Rydz, The Parliamentary Agents: A History
1981 Scott M. Harrison, The Pilgrimage of Grace in the Lake Counties, 1536–7
1982 Norman L. Jones, Faith by Statute: Parliament and the Settlement of Religion, 1559
1983 Peter Clark, The English Alehouse: A social history, 1200–1830
1984 David Hempton, Methodism and Politics in British Society, 1750–1850
1985 K. D. M. Snell, Annals of the Labouring Poor
1986 Diarmaid MacCulloch, Suffolk and the Tudors: Politics and Religion in an English County, 1500–1600
1987 Kevin M. Sharpe, Criticism and Compliment: The politics of literature in the England of Charles I
1988 J. H. Davis, Reforming London, the London Government Problem, 1855–1900
1989 A. G. Rosser, Medieval Westminster, 1200–1540
1990 Duncan M. Tanner, Political change and the Labour party, 1900–1918
1991 Tessa Watt, Cheap Print and Popular Piety, 1550–1640
1992 Christine Carpenter, Locality and Polity: A Study of Warwickshire Landed Society, 1401 -1499
1993 Jeanette M. Neeson, Commoners: common right; enclosure and social change in England, 1700- 1820
1994 Vic Gatrell, The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English people, 1770–1868
1995 Kathleen Wilson, The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715–1785
1996 Paul D. Griffiths, Youth and Authority Formative Experience in England, 1560–1640
1997 Christopher Tolley, Domestic Biography: the legacy of evangelicalism in four nineteenth-century families
1998 Amanda Vickery, The Gentleman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England
1999 John Walter, Understanding Popular Violence in the English Revolution: The Colchester Plunderers
2000 Adam Fox, Oral and Literate Culture in England, 1500–1700
2001 John Goodall, God's House at Ewelme: Life, Devotion and Architecture in a Fifteenth Century Almshouse
Frank Salmon, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture
2002 Ethan H. Shagan, Popular Politics and the English Reformation
2003 Christine Peters, Patterns of Piety: Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England
2004 M.J.D. Roberts, Making English Morals: Voluntary Association and Moral reform in England, 1787–1886
2005 Matt Houlbrooke, Queer London
2006 Kate Fisher, Birth Control, Sex and Marriage in Britain, 1918–1960
2007 Stephen Baxter, The Earls of Mercia: Lordship and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England
Duncan Bell, The Idea of Greater Britain: Empire and the Future of World Order, 1860–1900
2008 Stephen M. Lee, George Canning and Liberal Toryism, 1801–1827
Frank Trentmann, Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption and Civil Society in Modern Britain
2009 Nicholas Draper, The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery
2010 Arnold Hunt, The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences, 1590–1640
2011 Jacqueline Rose, Godly Kingship in Restoration England: The Politics of the Royal Supremacy, 1660–1688
2012 Ben Griffin, The Politics of Gender in Victorian Britain: Masculinity, Political Culture and the Struggle for Women's Rights
2013 Scott Sowerby, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution
2014 Dating changed from "year published" to "year of award"
2015 John Sabapathy, Officers and Accountability in Medieval England 1170-1300
2016 Aysha Pollnitz, Princely Education in Early Modern Britain

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Whitfield Prize". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Whitfield Prize". Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 33: 233. 1983. doi:10.1017/s0080440100015681.