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10 July 2017

Dr Alice Taylor announced as co-winner of 2017 Whitfield Prize

Dr Alice Taylor's first book, The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290, has been announced as co-winner for the Royal Historical Society's 2017 Whitfield Prize.

shape of the state
shape of the state

Dr Alice Taylor's first book, The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290has been announced as co-winner of the Royal Historical Society's 2017 Whitfield Prize

The prize offers an annual award of £1,000 for a work on British or Irish history that is the author’s first sole book publication.

The judges said: "The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland is a work of great scholarship and insight. Through its penetrating analysis of detailed evidence and complex sources, it builds a picture of the gradual development of the state in early Scotland, drawing upon fresh approaches and evidence to yield a textured and nuanced understanding of the growth of royal government in 12th and 13th-century Scotland.

"Situating its analysis in a European perspective, it makes an important contribution to the study of medieval kingship, statecraft and the aristocracy. This is a groundbreaking book which will set the terms of debate for many years to come."

The shortlist announcement can be read here.