Gruendler Book Prize

Gruendler Book Prize

The Otto Gründler Book Prize

2016 Competition

Portrait of Otto GruendlerWestern Michigan University announces the twentieth Otto Gründler Book Prize to be awarded in May 2016 at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. It consists of an award of $1,000.00 to the author of a book or 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 in 1997 by Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, then President of Western Michigan University, honored and now memorializes Professor Gründler for his distinguished service to the university and his lifelong dedication to the international community of medievalists.


Authors from any country are eligible. The book or monograph may be in any of the standard scholarly languages. To be eligible for the 2016 prize the book or monograph must have been published in 2014.


Readers or publishers may nominate books. Letters of nomination, 2–4 pages in length, should include sufficient detail and rationale so as to assist the committee in its deliberations. Supporting materials should make the case for the award. Readers' reports, if appropriate, and other letters attesting to the significance of the work would be helpful.


Send letters of nomination and any supporting material by November 1, 2015, to:

Secretary, Gründler Prize Committee
The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432

Further Notes

  • For the purpose of this competition collections of essays, bibliographies, editions, and reference tools are not defined as books.
  • The Prize is not a "life achievement award."
  • Typically, the book will have one sole author.
  • The Committee needs four copies of any book to pursue its work efficiently. All materials submitted become property of the Gründler Prize Committee.
  • No student, staff, or faculty member at Western Michigan University, past or current, may receive the Gründler Prize.


Past Winners of the Otto Gründler Book Prize

(in reverse chronological order)


Robert Bartlett, Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation (Princeton Univ. Press, 2013).


Ronald G. Witt, The Two Latin Cultures and the Foundation of Renaissance Humanism in Medieval Italy (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012).


Max Harris, Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools (Cornell Univ. Press, 2011).


Margot E. Fassler, The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts (Yale Univ. Press, 2010).


Thomas F. X. Noble, Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). More. (external link)


John Van Engen, Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Later Middle Ages (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). More. external link


Caroline Walker Bynum, Wonderful Blood: Theology and Practice in Late Medieval Northern Germany and Beyond (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). More. external link


William Caferro, John Hawkwood: An English Mercenary in Fourteenth-Century Italy (The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2006). More. external link


Charles McClendon, The Origins of Medieval Architecture: Building in Europe A.D. 600-900 (Yale Univ. Press, 2005).


Dyan Elliot, Proving Woman: Spirituality and Inquisitional Culture in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004).


Thomas F. Madden, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice (The John Hopkins Univ. Press, 2003). More. external link


Geraldine Carville, The Impact of the Cistercians on the Landscape of Ireland (K. B. Publications, 2002). More. external link


David Burr, The Spiritual Franciscans: From Protest to Persecution in the Century After Saint Francis (Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 2001). More. external link


John Lowden, The Making of the Bible Moralisées (Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 2000). More. external link


Paul Freedman, Images of the Medieval Peasant (Stanford Univ. Press, 1999). More. external link


Gordon Kipling, Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998). More. external link


Jeffrey Hamburger, Nuns as Artists: The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent (Univ. of California Press, 1997). More. external link


Diane Cole Ahl, Benozzo Gozzoli (Yale Univ. Press, 1996) and Judith M. Bennett, Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in Medieval England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300–1600 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1996). More. external link


Amy Hollywood, The Soul as Virgin Wife (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1995). More. external link

Photograph: Portrait of Otto Gründler


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