The Historical Dictionary of the Renaissance covers the history of Western and Central Europe from about 1350 to the early 17th century. It emphasizes those persons, movements, and places that are especially important in the growth of the humanistic culture and the new artistic and musical styles that are the most important aspects of European history in this period. The heart of the book is the alphabetically organized dictionary.
Charles G. Nauert is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been active in the American Historical Association, the Society for Reformation Research, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. In 2002, the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference named him the first recipient of its Bodo Nischan Award "for scholarship, civility, and service." In 1991 he received the Thomas Jefferson Award.