Leo Gershoy Award Recipients
In 1975 Mrs. Ida Gershoy made a gift to the Association in order to establish a prize in memory of her husband, Leo Gershoy. Professor Gershoy was a specialist in European history associated with the faculty of New York University for more than 35 years. The award named in his honor is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history. From its inception in 1977 until 1985 the Leo Gershoy Award was a biennial award worth $1,000; since 1985 it has been an annual award.
2014 Gershoy Award
Andy Wood, Durham Univ.
The Memory of the People: Custom and Popular Senses of the Past in Early Modern England (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Andy Wood’s The Memory of the People presents a new interpretation of the interplay of memory, law, and custom in early modern England. This book’s innovative methodology deepens our understanding of social memory of the common folk, arguing that popular memory was local, pragmatic, and embodied in customary law, which gave it great staying power across the period. Wood’s extensive archival research and wide secondary reading illuminate new aspects of everyday life and together provide a model for future research.