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Clare Jackson wins Wolfson History Prize 2022

Clare Jackson has been awarded the £50,000 Wolfson History Prize for Devil-Land: England Under Siege, 1588-1688 (Allen Lane). David Cannadine, chair of the Wolfson History Prize judges, said: “Devil-Land is a masterpiece of historical writing: a gripping book that brings to life the drama of 17th-Century England, a time of rebellion, regicide, and civil war. By looking at England from the perspective of European observers, Clare Jackson gives us a wider lens through which to view the period, helping us to see ourselves through the eyes of others. Devil-Land is a fitting winner of the Wolfson History Prize in this our 50th year, and we offer our warmest congratulations to Clare Jackson.’” 

The Wolfson History Prize is awarded annually by the Wolfson Foundation to a work of historical non-fiction which combines excellence in research and writing, with readability for a general audience. To mark its anniversary, the prize fund was increased from £40,000 to £50,000 this year. Clare Jackson won from a shortlist featuring five other books, whose authors each won £5,000. The shortlist also featured Malcolm Gaskill’s The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World (Allen Lane) and Alex Von Tunzelmann’s Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History (Headline). 

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