Professor Lyndal Roper Wins the Gerda Henkel Prize 2016

  • Professor Lyndal Roper
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14 July, 2016

Professor Lyndal Roper, History Fellow and Regius Professor of History, has been awarded the prestigious Gerda Henkel Prize.

The prize, awarded every two years, recognises excellent and internationally acclaimed researchers who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

In announcing their decision, the prize jury gave the following reasons for its recommendation: 

“Australian-British historian Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford, is one of the world’s most renowned historians of Early Modern times. She has authored trailblazing studies on social, gender, and psychological history as well as the history of the body; they stand out for their theoretical acumen, masterful command of an impressive wealth of source materials, and their superb prose. 

In her research on the Age of the Reformation, Lyndal Roper has developed a completely new way of conceptualizing the relations between religions and the social order. Her studies on witchcraft and the persecution of witches mark the emphatic transition in the history of research from women’s history to gender history. Her most recent studies on Martin Luther’s biography, which are driven by a history of physicality, will no doubt strongly influence debates on the Reformation leader in Luther Year 2017. Lyndal Roper, whose work impacts well beyond thinking on the Early Modern epoch, is one of the towering figures in international historiography.” 

Lyndal will receive the Gerda Henkel Prize, worth €100,000, at a special ceremony in Dusseldorf on 7 November. 

Lyndal has also just published a new book, Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet, which has already been well-received, with reviews in The GuardianThe Spectator and The Times.