Madrid, 24 April. The British historian John H. Elliott is the winner of the Premio Órdenes Españolas Award, which is being granted for the first time. The award ceremony will be held at the end of May in El Escorial. This distinction, conferred by the Spanish Calvary Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa, comes with prize money of 60.000 euros, and it recognizes the historian from anywhere in the world whose historical research has achieved general recognition and some part of whose work is related with Hispanic culture and its influence in the world. His candidacy was submitted by Oxford University. This international prize is the only one of this nature that is granted in the world, and it was established for the purpose of serving as a standard in the field of history.

Recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 1996, Sir John Huxtable Elliott was born in Reading in 1930. Elliott studied at Eton College and afterwards at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received his doctoral degree in History in 1952. He makes frequent visits to Spain. His first contact with our country dates back to 1950. At that time, he learned Spanish and Catalan. At the Prado Museum he discovered the figure of Count-Duke of Olivares. Velázquez´s portrait of this figure made such a great impression on him that starting at that time he dedicated decades of his work to this historical figure. He has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Princeton and New York, among others. His reputation has brought him academic distinctions such as Regius Professor Emeritusin Oxford University and Honorary Fellow in Oriel College (Oxford) and Trinity College (Cambridge). He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by various Spanish Universities.

His research has served to situate Spain´s history in the world. His most noteworthy books include The Revolt of the Catalans (1963), Imperial Spain (1963), The Old World and the New (1970), A Palace for a King, with Jonathan Brown (1980), The Count-Duke of Olivares (1990), Lengua e imperio en la España de Felipe IV (1994), or History in the Making (2012). In addition to the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 1996, Elliott has been granted the Nebrija Award of the University of Salamanca, in 1993, and the Balzan Award, in 1999. Since 1965 he has been a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of History. In 2016, the Spanish Royal Academy appointed him as a corresponding academic.


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