The History Prizes
- The award ceremony in the Salon de la Rotonde of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris. © Fondation Napoléon
- The 2014 prize winners alongside Her Imperial Highness the Princess Napoléon and M. Masséna, Prince d'Essling, President of the Fondation Napoléon and Sir Peter Ricketts, British Ambassador to France. © Fondation Napoléon
- The 2014 Fondation Napoléon Grands Prix ceremony took place at the British Ambassador's Residence in Paris, the Hôtel de Charost. © Fondation Napoléon
- The winners of the 2013 Fondation Napoléon Prizes and Grants, with HIH Princess Napoleon and M. Masséna, Prince of Essling, président of the Fondation Napoléon. © Fondation Napoléon
- The winners of the 2012 Fondation Napoléon Prizes and Grants, with HIH Princess Napoleon, M. N. Paolini, chairman and CEO of TF1 Group, and M. Masséna, Prince of Essling, président of the Fondation Napoléon. © Fondation Napoléon
As part of its mission to encourage research and public interest in the history of the two empires, every year an independent jury composed of some of the best First and Second Empire historians awards in the name of the Fondation Napoléon three history prizes.
These prizes, each of 5,000 Euros, are awarded (respectively) to:
• a work in French on the history of the Consulate and the First Empire or possibly the period of the French Revolution at the end of the July Monarchy;
• a work in French on the history of the Second Republic, the Second Empire, or possibly the period from the end of the Second Empire to the present day, in the case where the theme that is treated is related to Bonapartism or the history of the Imperial family;
• a third prize called the “Prix du Jury”, for works nominated by one or more members of the jury, is awarded to a literary or artistic work or action related to the history of France’s First or Second Empires. In particular, this prize can be awarded to a historian, academic, writer, artist, curator or manager of a Napoleonic establishment “for their career”.
Of these three prize-winners, the jury may then choose an overall winner or “Grand Prix de la Fondation Napoléon”, awarding a further 5,000 Euros. The Jury may decide not to award a prize in a specific category.
Eligible works must have been published or performed for the first time between the 1st October in year ‘n minus one’ and 30th September in year ‘n’ (for example, in 2005, between 1st October 2004 and 30th September, 2005).
To compete for a History Prize, all you have to do is:
- For books: send 15 copies of the work to the Fondation Napoléon (and NOT directly to the members of the jury) – the Fondation will then send them on to the jury.
- For audio-visual or musical works: send in the same way fifteen copies of the work, with accompanying presentation dossier.
For the complete rules (in French) click here.
History prize address:
7, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
For further information about the History Prizes:
Thierry Lentz, email: lentz(at)napoleon.org
THE JURY FOR THE FONDATION NAPOLÉON HISTORY PRIZES, GRANDS PRIX AND RESEARCH GRANTS
President: V.-A. Masséna, Prince d’Essling, President of the Fondation Napoléon
Secretary general: Laurent Theis
Members of the jury:
Professor Jacques-Olivier Boudon
Prince Gabriel de Broglie, Chancelier of the Institut, member of the Académie française
Dr Jean-François Lemaire
Professor Marie-Pierre Rey
Jean-Marie Rouart, of the Académie française
Professor Jean Tulard, of the Institut
Emmanuel de Waresquiel