Very many congratulations to Lyndal Roper whose historical biography Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (Bodley Head) is one of six books shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize and the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography.
First established in 1972, and awarded annually, the Wolfson Prize is Britain’s foremost history prize promotes and encourages standards of excellence in the writing of readable and scholarly history suitable for a general audience. Previous winners of this prestigious award have included: Antony Beevor (for Stalingrad), Ian Kershaw (for Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis), Antonia Fraser (for The Weaker Vessel: Woman’s Lot in Seventeenth-Century England), Simon Schama (for Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813) and Mary Beard (for Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town).
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 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was established in 2003 in affectionate memory of Elizabeth Longford, the acclaimed biographer, and is sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros. This £5,000 prize is awarded annually for a historical biography published in the preceding year. The prize will presented at the Society of Author’s annual Author’s Awards party on 20 June.