Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize
The Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book on Italian history, Italian cultural history, or Italo-American cultural relations established by Howard R. Marraro (b. 1897), a historian of Italian culture. Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
- Entries must be published in English.
- Books with a copyright of 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Marraro Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
The deadline for this year’s submissions has passed. Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2016 Marraro Prize
Stefano Dall’Aglio, Univ. of Leeds and Donald Weinstein, translator
The Duke’s Assassin: Exile and Death of Lorenzino de’ Medici (Yale Univ. Press)
Plumbing archives from Florence to Venice to Simancas, Dall’Aglio has dug up a trove of new documents and substantially revises a long accepted narrative regarding the murders by and of Lorenzino de’ Medici, ultimately switching responsibility for the latter from Duke Cosimo to Emperor Charles V. More than a careful correction of long held misconceptions, this is a gripping story of spies, international intrigue, and politics. The story is elegantly rendered in Weinstein’s fine translation.