Previous Winners

Previous Winners

The first awards were made in 1972. Until 1987, Prizes were awarded at the end of the competition year. Since then, they have been award in the following year.

Until 2016, up to 3 awards were made every year. From 2017, a shortlist of six titles are announced in advance of one overall winner.


Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
(Allen Lane) (£40,000)

Find out more about the 2017 winner and shortlist.


Robin Lane Fox
Augustine: Conversions and Confessions
(Allen Lane) (£30,000)

Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann
KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
(Little, Brown) (£30,000)

Find out more about the 2016 winners.


Professor Richard Vinen
National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963 
(Allen Lane) (£25,000) 

Professor Alexander Watson
Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918
(Allen Lane) (£25,000)


Professor Catherine Merridale 
Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History 
(Allen Lane) (£25,000) 

Professor Cyprian Broodbank
The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
(Thames & Hudson) (£25,000)


Professor Christopher Duggan
Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini's Italy
(Random House) (£25,000) 

Dr Susan Brigden
Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest
(Faber & Faber) (£25,000)


Susie Harries
Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life
(Chatto & Windus) (£25,000)

Professor Alexandra Walsham
The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity & Memory in Early Modern
Britain & Ireland

(Oxford University Press) (£25,000)


Dr (Professor) Ruth Harris
The Man on Devil's Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France

(Allen Lane) (£20,000)

Professor Nicholas Thomas
Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire

(Yale University Press) (£20,000)


Mr Jonathan (Lord) Sumption
The Hundred Years War, vol. III: Divided Houses

(Faber & Faber) (£20,000)

Professor Dominic Lieven
Russia against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe 1807 to 1814

(Allen Lane) (£20,000)


Professor Mary Beard
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town

(Profile Books) (£20,000)

Professor Margaret McGowan
Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession

(Yale University Press) (£20,000)


Dr John Darwin
After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405

(Allen Lane) (£20,000)

(Dr) Rosemary Hill
God's Architect: Pugin & the Building of Romantic Britain

(Allen Lane) (£20,000)


Dr (Professor) Adam Tooze
The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

(Allen Lane) (£15,000)

Dr (Professor) Christopher Clark
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600-1947

(Allen Lane) (£10,000)

Professor Vic Gatrell
City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London

(Atlantic Books) (£10,000)


Professor Evelyn Welch
Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy 1400-1600

(Yale University Press) (£15,000)

Professor Christopher Wickham
Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean 400-800

(Oxford University Press) (£15,000)


Professor (Sir) Christopher Bayly
For his distinguished contribution to the writing of history


Professor David Reynolds
In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War

(Allen Lane) (£12,500)

Professor Richard Overy
The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia

(Allen Lane) (£10,000)


Professor (Sir) Diarmaid MacCulloch
Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700

(Allen Lane) (£10,000)

Dr Frances Harris
Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin

(Oxford University Press) (£7,500)

Professor Julian Jackson
The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940

(Oxford University Press) (£7,500)


Professor Robert Gildea
Marianne in Chains: In search of the German Occupation 1940-1945

(Macmillan) (£15,000)

Mr William Dalrymple
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India

(HarperCollins) (£10,000)


Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
For his distinguished contribution to the writing of history


Professor (Sir) Barry Cunliffe
Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and its Peoples 8000BC-AD1500

(Oxford University Press) (£10,000)

Professor Jerry White
London in the Twentieth Century: A City and its People

(Viking) (£10,000)


Professor (Sir) Ian Kershaw
Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis

(Allen Lane) (£20,000)

Professor Mark Mazower
The Balkans

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (£7,500)

Professor Roy Porter
Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World

(Allen Lane) (£7,500)


Lord Briggs
For his distinguished contribution to the writing of history


Mr Andrew Roberts
Salisbury: Victorian Titan

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (£12,500)

Professor Joanna Bourke
An Intimate History of Killing

(Granta Books) (£10,000)


Mr Antony Beevor

(Viking) (£10,000)

Dr (Professor) Amanda Vickery
The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England

(Yale University Press) (£10,000)


Professor John Brewer
The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century

(HarperCollins) (£10,000)

Patricia Hollis (Baroness Hollis of Heigham)
Jennie Lee: A Life

(OUP) (£10,000)


Professor Eric J. Hobsbawm
For his distinguished contribution to the writing of history


Dr (Professor) Orlando Figes
A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924

(Jonathan Cape) (£15,000)


Professor H.G.C. Matthew
Gladstone, 1875-1898

(Oxford University Press) (£15,000)


Ms Fiona MacCarthy
William Morris: A Life for Our Time

(Faber and Faber) (£10,000)

Professor John C.G. Rohl
The Kaiser and his Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany

(Cambridge University Press) (£10,000)


Miss Barbara Harvey
Living and Dying in England 1100-1540

(Oxford University Press) (£10,000)

Professor Robert Bartlett
The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950-1350

(Allen Lane) (£5,000)


Professor Lord Skidelsky
John Maynard Keynes, vol. 2: the Economist as Saviour 1920-1937

(Pan Macmillan) (£15,000)

Professor Linda Colley
Britons: Forging the Nation 1707 - 1837

(Yale University Press) (£5,000)


Lord Bullock
Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives

(HarperCollins) (£15,000)

Professor John Bossy
Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair

(Yale University Press) (£10,000)


Professor Colin Platt
The Architecture of Medieval Britain

(Yale University Press) (£10,000)


Professor Donald Cameron Watt
How War Came

(William Heinemann) (£10,000)

Mr Richard Fletcher
The Quest for El Cid

(Hutchinson) (£10,000)


Professor Paul Kennedy
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

(Unwin Hyman) (£7,500)

Professor Richard Evans
Death in Hamburg

(Oxford University Press) (£7,500)


Professor R.R. (Sir Rees) Davies
Conquest, Coexistence, and Change: Wales 1063-1415

(Oxford University Press) (£7,500)

Dr John Pemble
The Mediterranean Passion

(Oxford University Press) (£7,500)


Professor J. H. (Sir John) Elliott
The Count-Duke of Olivares: The Statesman in an Age of Decline

(Yale University Press) (£7,500)

Professor Jonathan Israel
European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism 1550-1750

(Oxford University Press) (£7,500)


Mr John Grigg
Lloyd George: From Peace to War, 1912-1916

(Methuen) (£7,000)

Dr Richard Davenport-Hines
Dudley Docker: The Life and Times of a Trade Warrior

(Cambridge University Press) (£7,000)


Lady Antonia Fraser
The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (£6,000)

Dr Maurice Keen

(Yale University Press) (£6,000)


Dr (Sir) Martin Gilbert
Winston S. Churchill, vol. VI: Finest Hour

(Heinemann) (£7,500)

Mr Kenneth Rose
King George V

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (£7,500)


Professor Sir Steven Runciman
Notable contribution to the writing of history


Professor John McManners
Death and the Enlightenment

(Oxford University Press) (£5,000)


Reverend Professor (Sir) Owen Chadwick
Notable contribution to the writing of history


Dr (Professor) John Burrow
A Liberal Descent: Victorian Historians and the English Past

(Cambridge University Press) (£6,000)


Professor F.S.L. Lyons
Culture and Anarchy in Ireland, 1890-1939

(Oxford University Press) (£7,000)

Dr (Professor) Robert Evans
The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy

(Oxford University Press) (£5,000)


Professor Richard Cobb
Death in Paris

(Oxford University Press) (£5,000)

Lady (Mary) Soames
Clementine Churchill

(Cassell) (£3,500)

Professor Quentin Skinner
The Foundations of Modern Political Thought

(Cambridge University Press) (£3,500)


Mr H.M. (Sir Howard) Colvin
Notable contribution to the writing of history


Mr (Sir) Alistair Horne
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962

(Macmillan) (£5,000)


Mr Denis Mack Smith
Mussolini's Roman Empire

(Longman & Co) (£5,000)

Mr (Professor) Simon Schama
Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813

(Collins) (£4,000)


Professor Sir Nikolaus Pevsner
A History of Building Types

(Thames & Hudson) (£5,000)

Dr (Professor) Norman Stone
The Eastern Front 1914-17

(Hodder & Stoughton) (£4,000)


Lady (Frances) Donaldson
Edward VIII

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (£4,000)

Professor (Dame) Olwen Hufton
The Poor of Eighteenth-Century France

(Oxford University Press) (£4,000)


Professor (Sir) Moses Finley
The Ancient Economy

(Chatto & Windus) (£5,000)

Dr Theodore Zeldin
France, 1848-1945: Ambition, Love & Politics

(Oxford University Press) (£3,000)


Dr (Dame) Frances Yates
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment

(Routledge & Kegan Paul) (£5,000)

Professor W.L. Warren
Henry II

(Eyre & Spottiswoode) (£3,000)


Professor (Sir) Michael Howard
Grand Strategy, Vol. IV

(HMSO) (£5,000)

Mr (Sir) Keith Thomas
Religion and the Decline of Magic

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (£3,000)