Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Wolfson History Prize 2008 Winners

by Kathryn Hadley
The Wolfson History Prize 2008 winners were announced last night at Claridges. They were Mary Beard for Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town (Profile Books) and Margaret M. McGowan for Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession (Yale University Press).

The Wolfson History Prizes were established in 1972 and are awarded annually to promote and encourage standards of excellence in the writing of history for the general public. The judges are Sir Keith Thomas FBA (Chairman), Dame Averil Cameron, Professor Richard Evans and Sir David Cannadine.

Pompeii was reviewed in our January issue this year by Edith Hall. Margaret McGowan’s book was reviewed in our February issue by Robert Knecht.
For further information, read Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town and Dance in the Renaissance - European Fashion, French Obsession.


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