Perse Student Commended in Prestigious History Competition
9 Jun 2016
Garret Shannon, in the Lower Sixth, has been commended for the essay he submitted for the Peterhouse Vellacott History Essay Prize. There were over 250 entrants from more than 175 different schools this year, with only 35 essays being commended, so this represents a distinct achievement. The standard of entries is always very high, with the judges particularly looking for originality of thought, breadth of research and source materials, and a critical approach to those sources.
Garret’s essay was on the Dutch Revolt, and more specifically why the experience of the Southern Netherlands differed from that of the North between 1580 and 1650. This is something that has interested Garret for many years, and he has previously given presentations to the Middle School History Society on the causes and key events of the Dutch Revolt. He researched the essay meticulously, deliberately covering a long period so he could explore socio-economic, political and religious differences. This enabled Garret to offer a multifaceted and highly sophisticated argument.