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The Spanish Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesainstitutions with a vast tradition whose work at the service of culture is one of its distinctive features, call for the third edition of the Spanish Orders History Prize. It is an award created in 2017, which was born with the vocation of becoming a benchmark in the science of history, both in academia and in society.
The Award has several characteristics that make it a unique award: its international character; distinguish a research career recognized for the importance and rigor of their studies; the scientific level of the entities proposed by the candidates (universities with a history department, academies and institutions that fulfill the same task); its financial prize of € 60,000, and the relevance of the Jury and the sponsors that support it.
Candidates for this III Edition may be proposed by Universities with a History department, academies and institutions that, with different names, fulfill the same task, representatives of the sponsoring institutions, and each of the winners in previous editions of the Prize.
The Jury is chaired by the president of the Royal Council of Orders, Pedro de Borbón Dos Sicilias, and brings together prominent members of the academic, cultural and business world, as well as the winner of the last call.
In its first edition, Felipe VI presided over the award ceremony, awarded to British historian John H. Elliott, whose candidacy was presented by the University of Oxford. The ceremony took place in the Monastery of El Escorial.
In his speech, the prestigious Hispanicist emphasized the importance of knowing history: “We live in a world dominated by post-truth and populism of the left and right. A well-made history is needed against malicious and opportunistic myths ”. The historiographical work of John H. Elliott stands out for its rigor and veracity, academic virtues that the Prize values especially.
For its part, King Juan Carlos presented the award of the second edition to the medievalist from Valladolid Miguel Ángel Ladero Quesada, also in the Monastery of El Escorial. In his speech, Ladero warned against those who intend to write History "To the dictation of political or ideological interests." Professor Ladero was proposed by the University of Cádiz and his work consists of dozens of books and hundreds of works on the European and Spanish Middle Ages.
The Spanish Orders History Award is managed by the Lux Hispaniarum Foundation and has the support of the Areces Foundation, Talgo Foundation and Grupo Siro. The deadline for submitting the candidature documentation begins on October 8, 2019 and ends on February 28, 2020. The jury's decision will be no later than April 11 and the award ceremony will be held in May 2020.