Gerard Wegemer

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Gerard B. Wegemer is a professor at the University of Dallas and the Director for The Center for Thomas More Studies. He has published many articles and books on Thomas More and is a member of the Board of Editors for Moreana, the international journal on Thomas More and his times. He has graduate degrees in political philosophy and Renaissance literature from the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, and Boston College. For the past several years, he has been engaged in editing a paperback series of More's most popular works, and published a monograph on Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty (2011), which builds upon his earlier work in Thomas More on Statesmanship (1996) and Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage (1995). Forthcoming this Fall is a book Wegemer has co-edited on Thomas More's Trial by Jury: A Procedural and Legal Review with a Collection of Documents (2011). He is deemed "one of the pre-eminent scholars on St. Thomas More."[1]

Through years of developing the website of the Center for Thomas More Studies, Wegemer has greatly advanced the field of More scholarship by making available hundreds of primary source documents by More and his associates, in addition to indexed concordances of his works, analyses of the Latin writings, curriculum units for teaching More, annotated editions for the classroom, and a compendious collection of More criticism. The site also houses ten volumes of the online Journal Thomas More Studies.[2]

In 2005, Wegemer was honored with the "Dignitatis Humanae Award," presented annually by the University of St. Thomas School of Law "to an individual whose professional career is a model of the integration of faith and ethics into professional identity."[1]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Wegemer, Gerard B. (2011). Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-19653-1. 
  • Wegemer, Gerard B.; Henry Ansgar Kelley; Louis W. Karlin (2011). Thomas More's Trial by Jury: A Procedural and Legal Review with a Collection of Documents. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press. ISBN 1-84383-629-7. 
  • Wegemer, Gerard B.; Stephen W. Smith (2004). A Thomas More Sourcebook. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 0-8132-1376-2. [3]
  • Wegemer, Gerard B. (1996). Thomas More on Statesmanship. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 0-8132-0836-X. [4][5][6][7]
  • Wegemer, Gerard B. (1995). Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage. Princeton: Scepter. ISBN 0-933932-84-7. [8]
  • Wegemer, Gerard; Clarence Miller (1993). The Sadness of Christ: And Final Prayers and Instructions, by Saint Thomas More. Princeton: Scepter. ISBN 0-933932-66-9. 


  1. ^ a b "University of St. Thomas School of Law dedicates statue of St. Thomas More". Minnesota Lawyer. 2005-02-15. 
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  3. ^ Mehan, Matthew (2005-08-25). "Getting to Know Thomas More: A more seasoned Man for All Seasons". National Review. Archived from the original on January 12, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  4. ^ Keen, Ralph (Spring 1997). "Rev. of Wegemer, Thomas More on Statesmanship". The Sixteenth Century Journal. 28 (1): 219–20. doi:10.2307/2543253. 
  5. ^ Marius, Richard; Wegemer, Gerard B. (Summer 1997). "Rev. of Wegemer, Thomas More on Statesmanship". Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies. The North American Conference on British Studies. 29 (2): 282–83. JSTOR 4051822. doi:10.2307/4051822. 
  6. ^ Bouldin, Wood; Wegemer, Gerard B. (Autumn 1998). "Rev. of Wegemer, Thomas More on Statesmanship". Renaissance Quarterly. Renaissance Society of America. 51 (3): 1020–21. JSTOR 2901794. doi:10.2307/2901794. 
  7. ^ "Wegemer is to be congratulated for directing our attention to the need to study More's writings with the subtlety and care they deserve; for showing that More's thoughts and actions reflect a coherence worthy of serious attention; and for reminding us that true statesmanship is measured by the ability to apply consistent principles to the ever changing circumstances of political life." Nendza, James (Spring 1998). "Review: Reason, Rhetoric, and Law". The Review of Politics. 60 (2): 385–87. doi:10.1017/s0034670500041334. 
  8. ^ "An associate professor of English at the University of Dallas and a More scholar, Gerard Wegemer achieves an easy and precise style. His narrative is excellent, especially in the trialand martyrdom. He makes More's English easy for the modern reader by editing sentences to conform somewhat to contemporary usage. All quotations are fully referenced, however, and there is a good bibliography." Loughran, Hugh (Dec 2000). "Rev. of Gerard Wegemer, Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage". Catholic Insight. 8 (10). 

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