The 2023 shortlist recognises the scholarly contribution and quality of six history monographs published in 2022.
- Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War by Síobhra Aiken (Irish Academic Press)
- The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agrarian Capitalism in Britain, 1660–1800 by James D. Fisher (Cambridge University Press)
- Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England by Sarah Fox (University of London Press)
- Illegitimacy, Family, and Stigma in England, 1660-1834 by Kate Gibson (Oxford University Press)
- Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700 by Bronagh Ann McShane (Boydell & Brewer)
- Reading the Book of Nature: How Eight Best Sellers Reconnected Christianity and the Sciences on the Eve of the Victorian Age by Jonathan R. Topham (University of Chicago Press)
The Prize offers £1000 to the author of a first, single-authored monograph in the field of British and Irish history.
THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S WHITFIELD PRIZE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE JUNE / EARLY JULY, ALONG WITH RECIPIENTS OF THE SOCIETY’S OTHER 2023 AWARDS.
About the Prize
The Whitfield Prize was established by the Royal Historical Society in 1976 at the bequest of Professor Archibald Stenton Whitfield, who was a Fellow of the Society until his death in 1974. It is one of the Royal Historical Society’s two annual book awards.
Titles eligible for the 2023 Prize will be
- its author’s first solely written history book;
- on a subject within a field of British or Irish history;
- an original and scholarly work of historical research by an author who received their doctoral degree from a British or Irish university;
- published in English during the calendar year 2022.
Find out more about the Prize, and its previous winners, on the RHS website.
ALSO AVAILABLE: THE 2023 GLADSTONE BOOK PRIZE SHORTLIST
The RHS Gladstone Prize is awarded to a first monograph in the field of European or World History. This year’s shortlist of six titles is now available, with the winner announced in late June / early July.