The Elect Nation: The Savonarolan Movement in Florence, 1494-1545

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The Elect Nation is the first comprehensive study of the religious, political and cultural movement inspired by Savonarola. Based on a thorough examination of archival material and manuscript sources, the book argues that the followers of Savonarola exercised a profound influence on every facet of Florentine life during the important period of the city's transition from republic to principate. It is the author's contention that their ideology and activities provide the key to understanding not only the political ...

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Overview

The Elect Nation is the first comprehensive study of the religious, political and cultural movement inspired by Savonarola. Based on a thorough examination of archival material and manuscript sources, the book argues that the followers of Savonarola exercised a profound influence on every facet of Florentine life during the important period of the city's transition from republic to principate. It is the author's contention that their ideology and activities provide the key to understanding not only the political developments of the last years of the Florentine Republic, but also the nature of contemporary political debate and the characteristics of the merging Medicean Principate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199206001
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Oxford-Warburg Studies Series
  • Pages: 504
  • Lexile: 1780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 'Holy Liberty': The Establishment of a Political Tradition, 1494-1498 8
2 The Piagnoni and Religious Reform 54
3 The Mystical Path to Reform 100
4 Reform through the Conventional Channels of the Church: The Conservative Approach 139
5 The Path to Radicalism 168
6 'In Sodom and Gomorrah': The Piagnoni in Adversity and the Espousal of Radicalism 239
7 'The New Jerusalem': The Last Florentine Republic 314
8 'By the Waters of Babylon': The Death of a Movement 387
9 Epilogue 438
Appendix 446
Select Bibliography 462
Index 465
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