Premio del Rey
Next Award Year: 2018
The American Historical Association awards the Premio del Rey biennially for a distinguished book in English in the field of early Spanish history. It was endowed by a gift of Robert I. Burns, SJ, from his Llull and Catalonia prizes and covers the medieval period in Spain’s history and culture CE 500–1516. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
- The terms of the prize include works on Hispanic history and culture, including the Islamic and Jewish communities of medieval Spain as well as early New World topics prior to 1516.
- Only books of a high scholarly historical nature should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
- Books with a copyright of 2016 or 2017 are eligible for the 2018 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 “Premio del Rey Entry.” Print copies preferred unless otherwise indicated. If only e-copy is available, please contact review committee members beforehand to arrange submission format.
Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2018, to be eligible for the 2018 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2018 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2019 AHA annual meeting in Chicago.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
The review committee contact information and prize submission form will be posted by March 1 for submissions due May 15.
2016 Premio del Rey
Núria Silleras-Fernández, Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Cornell Univ. Press)
Silleras-Fernández’s book focuses on Francesc Eiximenis and demonstrates his importance for understanding medieval and early modern Iberian history. With methodological breadth and thematic depth, she addresses questions of textual transmission and gender, patronage and ruling authority, and the changing dynamics and mechanics of noble culture and society. She upends older notions of regional division by showing Eiximenis’s influence on noblewomen across the Iberian peninsula and beyond. In short, a sophisticated, well researched, elegantly argued work.