We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Longman-History Today Book Prize for 2018.
Listed alphabetically by author name, the books are:
- James Delbourgo, Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane (Allen Lane)
- Tera W. Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Belknap Harvard)
- Emily Jones, Edmund Burke & the Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914: An Intellectual History (Oxford University Press)
- Tom Lambert, Law & Order in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford University Press)
- Chris Renwick, Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State (Allen Lane)
- Zoë Waxman, Women in the Holocaust: A Feminist History (Oxford University Press)
The winner will be announced at the Longman-History Today awards evening in summer 2018.
Henriette, Duchesse d’Orléans, the sister-in-law of Louis XIV, took a drink of her usual chicory water and immediately clutched her side, crying out in pain. Pale and in obvious distress, she was put to bed, but her pains were so severe that she believed she must have been poisoned and asked for an antidote. As her husband, Philippe, rushed to her bedside, Henriette chided him, ‘Alas, Monsieur, it is a long time since you loved me, but this is unjust.’ Alerted, Henriette’s lady-in-waiting watched the duke closely, but he showed no indication of guilt and every sign that he was distressed by his wife’s condition.
The lives of the kings and queens of England are among the best documented of the medieval period. Yet though we might be familiar with the objective details of a monarch’s reign – the battles they fought, the alliances they forged, even the intrigues of their courts – insights into what mattered to them personally are often elusive.