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The Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize

The Renaissance Society of America awards an annual book prize of $1,000 in memory of the late Phyllis Goodhart Gordan, a strong supporter of the RSA from its earliest days. The purpose of the prize is to recognize significant accomplishments in Renaissance Studies by members of the RSA and to encourage Renaissance scholarship, both of which have been goals of the RSA since its founding in 1954.

The 2017 Gordan Prize will be awarded to the author of the best book in Renaissance studies published between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting in 2017. To be eligible the book must be written in English by a current member of the RSA. The prize will be awarded for a book with a topic within the chronological period 1300–1700. Books dealing with Renaissance history, any of the vernacular literatures or Latin, art, music, philosophy, and other disciplines recognized by RSA are eligible. Bibliographical works and scholarly aids are eligible for the Gordan Prize, but editions of texts, translations into English, and edited collections will not be considered. Books will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. contribution to Renaissance Studies;
  2. originality in insight and research;
  3. clarity and eloquence;
  4. thoroughness and accuracy in documentation.

Four copies of nominated books must be postmarked by or on 15 July 2016:

RSA Book Prize Committee
Renaissance Society of America
CUNY, The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5400
New York, NY 10016-4309


2016 Recipient of the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize

Jotham Parsons, Duquesne University
Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State, Cornell University Press


2016 Honorable mention

Peter Arnade, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Walter Prevenier, University of Ghent (Emeritus)
Honor, Vengeance, and Social Trouble: Pardon Letters in the Burgundian Low Countries, Cornell University Press


Previous winners

2015 Lawrence Manley and SallyBeth MacLean
2014 Nicholas Terpstra
2013 Anthony Cascardi
2012 Elizabeth Eva Leach
2011 Andrew Pettegree
2010 Richard A. Goldthwaite
2009 Margaret Meserve
2008 Margreta de Grazia
2007 Tracy E. Cooper
2006 Alison Knowles Frazier
2005 Christopher Celenza
2004 Philip Benedict
2003 Benjamin Schmidt
2002 Alexander Nagel
2001 Ronald G. Witt
2000 Patrick Macey
1999 John Headley
1998 Patricia Fortini Brown
1997 James M. Saslow
1996 Jeffrey Chipps Smith

Previous honorable mention

2015 Gregory Murry
2006 Louis A. Montrose
2006 Debora Shuger
2005 Georgia Clarke
2005 Margaret W. Ferguson
2004 P. Renee Baernstein
2004 Rona Goffen

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