De Lamar Jensen

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De Lamar Jensen was a historian of early modern Europe and a faculty member of the history department at Brigham Young University (BYU). He wrote several books on Europe during the renaissance and reformation.

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Jensen was born and raised in Idaho. He was a fighter pilot in World War II. After the war he studied for a year at BYU and then was a physics teacher at a high school in Idaho for a year. He then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico and Guatemala. It was while serving as a missionary that he decided to shift to studying history. After his mission he returned to BYU and in 1952 earned a BA in history. He then earned an MA and PhD from Columbia University.[1]

Jensen joined the BYU history department in 1957. In 1979 he was a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation.[2]

Among Jensen's works are Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and Reconciliation, Reformation Europe: Age of Reform and Revolution, Confrontation at Worms: Martin Luther and the Diet of Worms and Diplomacy and Dogmatism: Bernardino de Mendoza and the French Catholic League.[3]

Jensen has written several encyclopedia articles including the one on the Protestant Reformation for the Encyclopedia of Mormonism. He also wrote the foreword to Arnold K. Garr's Christopher Columbus: A Latter-day Saints perspective.

From 1980-1983 Jensen served as the president of the Peru Arequipa Mission.[4]

Jensen had been granted emeritus status from BYU by 1992 at which time he headed the universities committee in charge of celebration the quinta-centennial of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas. As recently as 2003 Jensen was a participant at a BYU lecture on Latter-day Saint perspectives on world history.[5]

In 2008 the BYU history department established at De Lamar Jensen lectureship in Jensen's honor.[6]

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