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the study of and interest in the history of the First and Second Empires,
and the preservation of Napoleonic heritage.

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The Fondation Napoléon History Prizes and Grand Prix

As part of its mission to encourage research and public interest in the history of the two empires, every year an independent jury composed of some of the best First and Second Empire historians awards in the name of the Fondation Napoléon three history prizes.

These prizes, each of 5,000 Euros, are awarded (respectively) to:

  • a work in French on the history of France's First Empire
  • a work in French on the history of France's Second Empire
  • a third prize called the "Prix du Jury", for works nominated by one or more members of the jury, is awarded to a literary or artistic work or action related to the history of France's First or Second Empires. In particular, this prize can be awarded to a historian, academic, writer, artist, curator or manager of a Napoleonic establishment "for their career".

Of these three prize-winners, the jury may then choose an overall winner or "Grand Prix de la Fondation Napoléon", awarding a further 5,000 Euros. The Jury may decide not to award a prize in a specific category.

Eligible works must have been published or performed for the first time between the 1st October in year 'n minus one' and 30th September in year 'n' (for example, in 2005, between 1st October 2004 and 30th September, 2005).

To compete for a History Prize, all you have to do is:

  • For books: send 15 copies of the work to the Fondation Napoléon (and NOT directly to the members of the jury) - the Fondation will then send them on to the jury.
  • For audio-visual or musical works: send in the same way fifteen copies of the work, with accompanying presentation dossier.

For the complete rules (in French) click here.

History prize address:

Fondation Napoléon
History Prizes
7, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris

For further information about the History Prizes:
Thierry Lentz, email: lentz(at)napoleon(dot)org

The jury for the Fondation Napoléon History Prizes, Grands Prix and Research Grants

  • President:
    V.-A. Masséna, Prince d'Essling
    President of the Fondation Napoléon

  • Secretary general:
    Jean-Claude Lachnitt

  • Members of the jury:
    Professor Jacques-Olivier Boudon
    Prince Gabriel de Broglie, Chancelier of the Institut, member of the Académie française
    Professor Bruno Foucart
    Jacques Jourquin
    Dr Jean-François Lemaire
    Anne Muratori-Philip
    Professor Marie-Pierre Rey
    Jean-Marie Rouart, of the Académie française
    Laurent Theis, historian and publisher
    Professor Jean Tulard, of the Institut



The 2014 Fondation Napoléon Prizes for books on the two French empires were this year awarded to :

Previous winners of the Fondation Napoléon History Prizes and Grands Prix

To see the winners from previous years, click here.

Award ceremony

Each year, the Fondation Napoléon History Prizes and Research Grants are awarded at a ceremony in the presence of HIH the Princess Napoléon.

The award ceremony for the Fondation Napoléon History Prizes and Research Grants for 2014 will take place in the Hôtel de Charost, the British Ambassador’s residence in France and former home of Napoleon I’s sister, Pauline Borghese, which was bought by the Duke of Wellington in 1814.



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