The SCSC Bainton Reference Prize committee has selected The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700, to receive the award for the best reference book published in 2017 in English in the field of early modern studies.
The Roland H. Bainton Book Prizes are named in honor of Roland H. Bainton, professor of church history at the seminary of Yale University for many years. Bainton was the advisor of many Ph.D. students, the author of over a dozen important books, and an ardent supporter of early modern studies. Four prizes are awarded yearly for the best books written in English dealing with three categories within the time frame of 1450-1660: Art and Music History, History/Theology, Literature, and Reference Works. Each prize entails $500.
The Handbook, edited by Professor Lorna Hutson, triangulates the disciplines of history, legal history, and literature to produce a new, interdisciplinary framework for the study of early modern England. Professor Hutson said: 'I am delighted that the quality of the contributions in this volume has been recognised with the award of this distinguished prize in early modern studies.'