Congratulations to the 2020 RefoRC Book Prize Winner

Paolo Astorri wins RefoRC Book Award 2020
Paderborn, May 13, 2020

For his book Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720), published by Ferdinand Schöningh, Paolo Astorri is awarded with the RefoRC Book Award 2020. The RefoRC Book Award is presented annually for publications related to Early Modern Christianity (c. 1450-1650). The Award aims to encourage academics to present their research. The author of the selected book will receive € 1000 and a certificate. Normally, the award ceremony takes place during the Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity in May. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no award ceremony this year. Paolo Astorri agreed to present himself, and his book in an interview, both in text and in a video. You can find the full Interview here:

About the author:
Paolo Astorri was for many years at the KU Leuven in Belgium, Faculty of Law, Department of Roman Law and Legal History. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Privacy Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

About the book
Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720) is the dissertation of Paolo Astorri. Historians have extensively studied the contract doctrines developed by Roman Catholic theologians and canonists; however, they have largely neglected Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Johann Aepinus, Martin Chemnitz, Friedrich Balduin and many other reformers. This book focuses on those neglected voices of the Reformation, exploring their role in the history of contract law. The title is published as part of the RefoRC supported book series Law and Religion in the Early Modern Period.

About Ferdinand Schöningh
Founded in 1847, the publishing house Ferdinand Schöningh became one of the most renowned humanities publishing houses in Germany within a few years. Milestones in the company’s development were the co-founding of the textbook series Uni-Taschenbücher (UTB) in 1970 and the takeover of the Munich-based Wilhelm Fink Verlag in 1974. Since 2017 Ferdinand Schöningh and Wilhelm Fink are imprints of Brill Deutschland GmbH. In January 2018 mentis Verlag joined this strong association of academic publishers in the humanities.

About RefoRC
The Reformation Research Consortium, RefoRC, is a leading international network of research institutions focusing on Early Modern Christianity. It connects academics and supports them in their research activities by offering a varied program of conferences, research support, academic series, and more.