Enny De Bruijn wins Professor Van Winter Prize 2021

The Professor Van Winter Prize 2021 will go to Enny de Bruijn for her book De hoeve en het hart. Een boerenfamilie in de Gouden Eeuw. This was announced on Thursday afternoon in the reformed church in Herwijnen, a village where an important part of this local history took place.
The jury unanimously chose the book by journalist and historical researcher Enny de Bruijn, because she not only masters her material, but also the art of interpretation and that of writing.
‘Enny de Bruijn has written a poignant and relevant book of exceptional beauty’, says jury chairman Hanno Brand. It is rare that a historian succeeds so convincingly in examining so many different facets of a farming village community on the basis of a single collection of egodocuments. And that is also done in a narrative style that many writers will be jealous about.’

Cover of the book De hoeve en het hart of Enny de Bruijn
The Professor van Winterprijs is a biennial prize for the best publication in the field of local and regional history in the Netherlands, published in the period 2019-2020.
The prize money has been made available by the Foundation Prof. Van Winter Fonds and amounts to € 3,500. The jury, composed under the auspices of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, consisted of Prof. Dr. Hanno Brand, Dr. Sophie Elpers, Prof. Dr. Renger de Bruin, Prof. Dr. Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk and Dr. Joost Rosendaal.