Founded in 1868, the RHS
is the foremost British society for professional historians. While the RHS has a large regular membership, only a small number of Fellowships are awarded to academic colleagues deemed to have made particularly original and important contributions to historical scholarship.
Professor Hill Curth
specialises in Early Modern English medical history and has published extensively on what would now be called 'self-help' books on health and the health and illness of early modern animals. She joined the University of Winchester in 2009 after working at the Universities of Warwick, Exeter, Bath Spa and the Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, and was appointed Professor of Medical History in 2015 and is also the founder and head of Winchester's Centre for Medical History.
Commenting on her election to the Royal Historical Society, Professor Hill Curth said: "I feel both privileged and delighted to be elected to its fellowship. It is a huge honour to have my research and publications recognised by such an illustrious organisation and to be able to join the ranks of the brilliant historians of the past and present who have received such a tribute."
She is the author of a number of ground-breaking books, including The Care of the Brute Beast: a social and cultural study of veterinary medicine in Early Modern England (History of Science and Medicine Library, 2009), which have been lauded by leading historical journals. One review in the Social History of Medicine praised the The Care of the Brute Beast "for filling a void in the historiography of medicine." A review of her following book on veterinary history A plaine and easie waie to remedie a horse: Equine medicine in early modern England (History of Science and medicine Library, 2013) was said to be "an expansive contribution to a still-neglected field".
Professor Hill Curth's new book The Science of the Stars: astrological medicine in early modern England looks at the major role that astrology played in early medicine and will be published by Routledge in early 2018.