The Friends of the Musée de Cluny have created a yearly Prize, “La Dame à la licorne”, awarded to an author for a work of high quality whose main theme is related to the centers of interest of the museum : art history, archaeology, music and history from the 5th to the 15th centuries.

The Prize was first awarded in 2007 to Nicole Reynaud for her work, Jean Fouquet, Les Heures d'Etienne Chevalier, published by Faton Editions, Dijon.

In 2008, the Prize was presented to Jacques Rossiaud, for his work Le Rhône au Moyen Age, published by Aubier, Paris.

In 2009, the Prize recognized Anne-Marie Eddé’s biographical study of Saladin, published by Flammarion.

The collective work Histoire du monde au XVe siècle, directed by Patrick Boucheron and published by Fayard, was honoured in 2010.

In 2011 the recipient was Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur, for his historical portrait of L'autre Rome. Une histoire des Romains à l'époque communale (XIIe-XIVe siècle), published by Tallandier.


In 2012 the jury chose to reward two works. The first is the exhibition catalogue Miniatures flamandes, 1404-1482, co-edited by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique. The second is L'Assassinat de Charles le Bon, comte de Flandre, 2 mars 1127, by Laurent Feller and published by Perrin.

Léonard Dauphant received the prize in 2013 for Le Royaume des quatre rivières. L’espace politique français (1380-1515), published by Champ Vallon.

In 2014, the jury selected La Reine au Moyen Âge. Le pouvoir au féminin, XIVe-XVe siècle, by Murielle Gaude-Ferragu and published by Tallandier. It also awarded an honorable mention for the collective work La cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers. Enquêtes croisées, edited by Claude Andrault-Schmitt and published by Geste éditions.

Sophie Guillot de Suduiraut is the 2015 laureate for her book Dévotion et séduction. Sculptures souabes des musées de France (vers 1460-1530), co-edited by the Louvre Museum and Somogy éditions d’Art.