Francis Jones Prize for Welsh History 2020 announced

28 May 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Jesus College Francis Jones Prize in Welsh History 2020 has been awarded to two scholars this year.

They are Dr Benjamin (Ben) Guy, Teaching Associate in Anglo-Saxon History and Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and Dr Angela Muir, Lecturer in British Social and Cultural History at the University of Leicester. The annual Francis Jones Prize was endowed in 2017 by Sir David Lewis, an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, to celebrate Welsh historical literature. It is named in memory of Francis Jones (1908–1993), a former Wales Herald Extraordinary. The award is made on the recommendation of a panel of judges who, between them, cover the main periods of Welsh history.

Ben, who works in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge, won for his book Medieval Welsh Genealogy: An Introduction and Textual Study, Studies in Celtic History 42 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2020). Angela, a member of the Department of English Local History at Leicester, won for her work Deviant Maternity: Illegitimacy in Wales, c. 1680–1800 (London: Routledge, 2020).

Information on last year’s winner can be found here.