University of Aberdeen historian named joint winner of Whitfield Prize

26 July 2021
Dr Jackson Armstrong, joint winner of the 2021 Whitfield Prize
A book by a University of Aberdeen historian has been named as the joint winner of the 2021 Whitfield Prize.

Run by the Royal Historical Society, the award celebrates the best in historical writing from authors publishing in their sole name for the first time. It was established by the Royal Historical Society in 1976 at the bequest of Professor Archibald Stenton Whitfield, who was a Fellow of the Society from June 1916 until his death in 1974. 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.

Whitfield Prize winners 2021

Dr Jackson Armstrong has shared the 2021 prize for his first monograph, England’s Northern Frontier: Conflict and Local Society in the Fifteenth-century Scottish Marches.

The Prize was awarded to Dr Armstrong together with Dr Lauren Working, author of The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis.

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Dr Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in History at Aberdeen and has published widely on medieval and renaissance English and Scottish history.

He said of his Whitfield Prize recognition: 'I’m so thrilled to be named as joint winner of this award. I’m grateful to all who have helped along the way in making the book, and to the RHS for this wonderful recognition. Warm congratulations to my co-winner, Lauren, and to all the shortlisted authors, on this success.'

(Report and image courtesy University of Aberdeen)