Nauert, Charles G. 1928-

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NAUERT, Charles G. 1928-
(Charles G. Nauert, Jr., Charles Garfield Nauert, Jr.)


Born July 26, 1928, in Quincy, IL; married, 1964; children: two. Education: Quincy College, Quincy, IL, A.B., 1950; University of Illinois, M.A., 1951, Ph.D., 1955.


Office—Department of History, University of Missouri-Columbia, 101 Read Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-7500. E-mail[email protected].


Historian, educator, and writer. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, instructor, 1955-56; Williams College, Williamstown, MA, assistant professor of history, 1956-61; University of Missouri-Columbia, from assistant professor to professor emeritus of history, 1961—, chairman of the history department, 1965-68. Sixteenth Century Journal, member of editorial board, 1972—; Center of Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, distinguished visiting scholar, 1999.


American Association of University Professors, American Society for Restoration Research, Renaissance Society of America, American History Association, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (president, 1978), Central Renaissance Conference (president, 1974 and 1991), New England Renaissance Conference (chairperson, 1962), Missouri Conference on History (secretary-treasurer, 1978-93), Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi.


American Council of Learned Societies senior fellow, 1968-69; Thomas Jefferson Award, 1991, University of Missouri System.



Agrippa and the Crisis of Renaissance Thought, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 1965.

The Age of Renaissance and Reformation, University Press of America (Washington, DC), 1981.

Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1995, revised edition (published under Charles G. Nauert), 2006.

(Editor, with James V. Mehl) In Laudem Caroli: Renaissance and Reformation Studies for Charles G. Nauert, Jr. ("Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies" series), Truman State University Press (Kirksville, MO), 1998.

(As Charles G. Nauert) Historical Dictionary of the Renaissance, Scarecrow Press (Lanham, MD), 2004, revised edition published as TheAtoZof the Renaissance, 2006.

Also author of introduction and annotations for Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 11: Letters 1535 to 1657, January-December 1525, 1994, and Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 12: Letters 1536 to 1801, 2003, both for University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); contributor to Daphnis: Zeitschrift fur mittlere deutsche Literatur, 1986; contributor to professional journals, including Renaissance Quarterly, Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, and Sixteenth Century Journal.


Charles G. Nauert is an historian whose primary interest is European intellectual and cultural history in the Renaissance-Reformation period. He is also the author of several books focusing on this area of interest, including Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe, which provides a synopsis of the major themes associated with the European Renaissance. In the book, Nauert provides a history of the humanist movement of the time and discusses key intellectual, educational, social, and philosophical issues associated with it. "In narrating the history of humanism, including the history of its interpretations by modern scholars, Nauert is at his best," wrote Albert Rabil, Jr., in the Renaissance Quarterly. Rabil went on to comment that he would "recommend this book as the best synthesis of humanism by one writer thus far penned," adding: "The book is also well produced; there are virtually no errors in it." Erika Rummel, writing in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, commented that the author "presents a complex subject in highly readable form," adding that Nauert provides both a "sophisticated" discussion for scholars as well as information for the "neophyte." Historian contributor George Huppert wrote that "the writing is so clear that absolutely any reader, without any special preparation, can use this book as a first step toward mastering the field."



Mehl, James V., and Charles G. Nauert, Jr., editors, In Laudem Caroli: Renaissance and Reformation Studies for Charles G. Nauert, Jr. ("Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies" series), Thomas Jefferson University Press (Kirksville, MO), 1998.


Historian, fall, 1997, George Huppert, review of Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe, p. 180.

Journal of Ecclesiastical History, January, 1997, Erika Rummel, review of Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe, p. 173.

Renaissance Quarterly, winter, 1997, Albert Rabil, Jr., review of Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe, p. 1233.


Department of History, University of Missouri-Columbia Web site, (September 29, 2006), faculty profile of author.