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Cardiff University historian makes 2014 Whitfield Prize Shortlist

7 May 2015

Old books in row on shelf

An historian from the University's School of History, Archaeology and Religion has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Historical Society (RHS) Whitfield Prize, one of the most sought-after book prizes for early career historians.

The 2014 shortlist of six includes Dr Mark R. F. Williams's The King's Irishmen: The Irish in the Exiled Court of Charles II, 1649-1660 [Boydell & Brewer].

The Whitfield Book Prize, with a value of £1,000, is awarded for a new book on British or Irish history.

Eligibility is restricted to a first book on a subject within a field of British or Irish history, published in English in 2014. The work must also be the author's first solely-written book, and an original and scholarly work of historical research.

One of nine awards given annually by the RHS, the Whitfield Prize was established in 1976 at the bequest of Professor Archibald Stenton Whitfield, who was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society from June 1916 until his death in 1974.

The 2014 winner will be announced on 1 July in London at a reception following the Prothero Lecture.

Former Cardiff University academic Dr Richard A Marsde's book - Cosmo Innes and the Defence of Scotland's Past, c.1825-1875 [Ashgate] - has also been shortlisted.

More information can be found at The Royal Historical Society