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Oxford University Press title wins Wolfson Prize for History

Oxford University Press title wins Wolfson Prize for History

11 May 2012

A title from OUP’s acclaimed scholarly range picked up a prestigious history award on May 8.

Alexandra Walsham’s The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity, and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland won a Wolfson Prize for History at an event at the National Gallery, London.

The prizes recognize high standards in history writing, and this year marks the eighteenth time an OUP title has won in the awards’ 40 year history. 

The Reformation of the Landscape reveals the effect the reformation had on the British landscape in the sixteenth century and beyond—depicting the tussle between the radicalism of reformers and a population frequently unwilling to forego ancient practices and beliefs. 

Professor Walsham accepted the prize at a special ceremony celebrating the awards’ 40th anniversary alongside Susie Harries, who also received an award for her title, Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life (Chatto & Windus).

Walsham said: “I'm immensely honoured to be one of the recipients. Researching and writing the book was a long and demanding, but also fascinating, journey which has taught me much about how we construct the landscape in the image of our own cultural preoccupations and values. I am very grateful to OUP for waiting so patiently for this book and for producing such a handsome volume.”

Oxford University Press regularly picks up prestigious awards and prizes. Last year it won 122 accolades for titles from across its academic and educational publishing range.

Click here to view a list of OUP’s most recent award wins.