Politics, Religion & Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Delamar Jensen

Politics, Religion & Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Delamar Jensen

Politics, Religion & Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Delamar Jensen

Politics, Religion & Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Delamar Jensen


Contents: De Lamar Jensen Renaissance Man & Scholar; The First Permanent Embassy Outside Italy: The Milanese Embassy at the French Court, 1464-1949; Most Brutal Madness: Warfare in the Works of Machiavelli and Leonardo; Jacob Sturm and the Siezure of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel by the Schmalkaldic League, 1542-1545; Lords, Peasants, and the Introduction of Calvinist Preaching in Holland's Noorder-Kwartier; The Birth of the Dutch Nation; Some Jesuit Counter-Reformation Strategies in East Central Europe, 1550-1585; The Two Faces of Rome: The Fate of Protestantism in France; War or Peace: A French Pamphlet Polemic, 1604-1606; The impact of the French Wars of Religion on a Frontier Province: Problems of Confrontation in Catalonia; After the Armada: The Cuatro Villas de la Costa and Philip's Brittany Campaign; The Politics of Philip II; The Development of Spanish Naval Strategy and Tactics in the Sixteenth Century; The Converso Lineage of Rodrigo Calderon; Spanish Secret Diplomacy at the Court of James; Daniel Rogers in Copenhagen, 1588: Mission and Memory; Elizabethan Diplomacy: The Subtle Revolution; William Cecil and the Antichirst: A Study in Anti-Cahtolic Ideology; Religious Toleration During the Age of Reformation; Index.


Douglas F. Tobler

RARELY DOES AN ACADEMIC receive an opportunity to pay written and public tribute to an esteemed teacher, colleague, and friend. The lives of literally thousands of students, colleagues, and friends have been profoundly enriched by our association with De Lamar Jensen. To us he has been the model of a Renaissance man who excelled across a broad range of human achievements. He is a scholar, teacher, colleague, husband, father, citizen, church servant in ways that certainly would have made him at home among those original Italian Renaissance men he knows so well. While he lacks their political power and wealth, surely they too would have been impressed with the breadth and depth of his knowledge, with his love of beauty and truth, and with his balanced approach to life.

Over the years he has established high standards to which others have aspired. One of Dee's students, influenced by him, trying to decide whether to pursue a lifelong career as a university scholar, once posed this question: "At the end of my life will I be able to say honestly that this was worth giving a life to?" The more than three decades of Dee Jensen's career at Brigham Young University affirm that his numerous accomplishments have indeed been worthy of a life. I cannot, of course, write for all of his students, but from a wealth of positive comments and numerous honors over the years, it is clear that Dee has made a profound difference in their lives, not just in mine.

I liked Dee from the first time we met, in a large undergraduate class in Western Civilization in the fall of 1959. As the semester unfolded, I discovered we had some things in common: he, too, had come from a rural Idaho background, and both of us loved European history. In the course of that semester and under his influence, I decided that European history would become my life's work also. But there the comparison ends. Although he was still young, his life was already rich in achievement. He . . .

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