Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence / Edition 1

Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence / Edition 1

by Lauro Martines
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195327101

ISBN-13: 9780195327106

Pub. Date: 06/11/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A gripping and beautifully written narrative that reads like a novel, Fire in the City presents a compelling account of a key moment in the history of the Renaissance, illuminating the remarkable man who dominated the period, the charismatic Girolamo Savonarola.
Lauro Martines, whose decades of scholarship have made him one of the most admired historians of

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A gripping and beautifully written narrative that reads like a novel, Fire in the City presents a compelling account of a key moment in the history of the Renaissance, illuminating the remarkable man who dominated the period, the charismatic Girolamo Savonarola.
Lauro Martines, whose decades of scholarship have made him one of the most admired historians of Renaissance Italy, here provides a remarkably fresh perspective on Savonarola, the preacher and agitator who flamed like a comet through late fifteenth-century Florence. The Dominican friar has long been portrayed as a dour, puritanical demagogue who urged his followers to burn their worldly goods in "the bonfire of the vanities." But as Martines shows, this is a caricature of the truth—the version propagated by the wealthy and powerful who feared the political reforms he represented. Here, Savonarola emerges as a complex and subtle man, both a religious and a civic leader—who inspired an outpouring of political debate in a city newly freed from the tyranny of the Medici. In the end, the volatile passions he unleashed—and the powerful families he threatened—sent the friar to his own fiery death. But the fusion of morality and politics that he represented would leave a lasting mark on Renaissance Florence.
For the many readers fascinated by histories of Renaissance Italy—such as Brunelleschi's Dome or Galileo's Daughter, and Martines's acclaimed April Blood—Fire in the City offers a vivid portrait of one of the most memorable characters from that dazzling era.

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ISBN-13:
9780195327106
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/11/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
832,785
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment
List of Illustrations
An X-Ray of Florentine Government
Glossary of Terms
Ch. 1 - Chorus
Ch. 2 - Vile Bodies: 1472-1490
Ch. 3 - The Friar Returns: 1490-1491
Ch. 4 - The Wait: 1492-1494
Ch. 5 - Fear and Loathing: November 1494
Ch. 6 - Holt Liberty
Ch. 7 - Stamping out Tyranny: 1494-1495
Ch. 8 - God and Politics
Ch. 9 - Angels and Enforcers: 1496-1498
Ch. 10 - The Pope and the Friar: 1495-1497
Ch. 11 - The Savonrolan Moment
Ch. 12 - Wailers and Bigots
Ch. 13 - Excommunication: May-June 1497
Ch. 14 - Five Executions: August 1497
Ch. 15 - Rome Closes In
Ch. 16 - Foiled Fire
Ch. 17 - The Siege of San Marco: April 1498
Ch. 18 - Confessions of a Sinner
Ch. 19 - Fire Again: Three Executions: May 1498
Ch. 20 - The Conscience of a City
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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