Professor Judith Herrin wins Heineken Prize for History

Allen Lane author and historian Professor Judith Herrin has been awarded the prestigious Heineken Prize for History. 

The award, given by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and  Sciences (KNAW), recognises Herrin’s ground breaking research into Medieval cultures in Mediterranean civilisations and for establishing the significance of the Byzantine Empire in history. The international prize, amounting to $200,000, will be presented on 29 September 2016 in Amsterdam. 

Herrin’s celebrated 2007 book, Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, unveils the unique facets of Byzantine history, culture and society which profoundly influenced the modern world. She is now working on her next book, Ravenna: Capital of Late Antiquity, due for publication in 2018. 

Herrin is Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King’s College London.

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