Celebrating outstanding history

Awarded by the Wolfson Foundation annually for over forty years, the Wolfson History Prize is the UK’s most prestigious history prize. It recognises and celebrates books which combine excellence in research with readability.

2020 Winner

The Boundless Sea

A Human History of the Oceans

David Abulafia

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Shortlist

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‘The Boundless Sea:
A Human History of the Oceans’

David Abulafia

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‘A History of the Bible:
The Book and Its Faiths’

John Barton

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‘A Fistful of Shells:
West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution’

Toby Green

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‘Cricket Country:
An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire’

Prashant Kidambi

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‘The Five:
The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’

Hallie Rubenhold

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‘Chaucer:
A European Life’

Marion Turner

Keep up to date with the Prize

Check out Wolfson History Prize winner David Abulafia discussing the world's oceans in 1415 on the latest episode, featuring a surprise Portuguese invasion, Greenland's dwindling trade, and the mysterious fleet of Admiral Zh...

We’re hosting a free Prize 2020 Winner Event in partnership with the @BritishAcademy_on Tues 4 Aug at 16.00-17.00. Join Rana Mitter as he talks to Prof David Abulafia about his winning book ‘The Boundless Sea: A Histo...