Professor Marion Turner has won the 2021 Otto Gründler Book Prize

Chaucer A European Life book cover

Professor Marion Turner has been awarded the 2021 Otto Gründler Book Prize for Chaucer: A European Life (Princeton University Press, 2019).

The Otto Gründler Book Prize is awarded annually to the author of a monograph in any area of medieval studies that is judged by the selection committee to be an outstanding contribution to its field.

The Prize, instituted by Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, then president of Western Michigan University, honoured and now memorializes Gründler for his distinguished service to the University and his lifelong dedication to the international community of medievalists. The first award was made in 1997.

Judges described Chaucer: A European Life as "a magisterial work that is worthy of its monumental subject". They continued, "It is also a witty, tactile, vivid, and compelling work that resembles nothing so much as Chaucer’s brilliant, many-faceted body of poetry. Marion Turner's book is exceptionally well written, makes an extremely important contribution to our knowledge of Chaucer, and is most deserving of the twenty-fifth Otto Gründler prize."

Find out more about the prize on the Western Michigan University website.