The World of Savonarola: Italian Elites and Perceptions of Crisis: Papers from the Conference Held at the University of Warwick, 29-31 May 1998, to Mark the 5th Centenary of the Death of Fra Girolamo Savonarola

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays considers the figure of Savonarola in the context of a very turbulent period in Italian political and social evolution. The volume examines his links to the Florentine political elite, and his role in the reform of the Church, in the broader setting of the problems confronted by political elites within the various Italian states. The contributors consider the impact both of Savonarola's ideas and the response to those ideas, and of the broader political crisis, on ...
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This interdisciplinary collection of essays considers the figure of Savonarola in the context of a very turbulent period in Italian political and social evolution. The volume examines his links to the Florentine political elite, and his role in the reform of the Church, in the broader setting of the problems confronted by political elites within the various Italian states. The contributors consider the impact both of Savonarola's ideas and the response to those ideas, and of the broader political crisis, on religious culture, music and the visual arts. Five hundred years after the death in Florence of the Dominican preacher Girolamo Savonarola this volume of essays reassesses his impact on the politics and culture of the Italian states both during the friar's public career and in the broader context of the invasion and occupation of those states by non-Italian powers. Alison Brown, Iain Felon, Michael Mallet, Lauro Martines, Loren Partidge and Nicolai Rubinstein are among the contributors of this interdisciplinary collection. A pivotal figure in the political reform in Florence with an exploration of renaissance spirituality, prophecy and ecclesiastical reform. His legacy is also traced through the art of high renaissance Rome, counterreformation music and the index of prohibited books.
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Five hundred years after the death in Florence of the Dominican preacher Girolamo Savonarola, this collection of essays reassesses his impact on the politics and culture of Italian states both during the friar's public career and in the broader context of the invasion and occupation of those states by non-Italian powers. Examination of Savonarola's career leads to an exploration of Renaissance spirituality, prophecy, and ecclesiastical reform. His legacy is also traced through the art of High Renaissance Rome, Counter-Reformation music, and the index of prohibited books. Material originated at a May 1998 conference. Fletcher teaches history at King Alfred's College. Shaw teaches history at the University of Warwick. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Illustrations
Photographic acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Literary crisis in the generation of 1494 5
2 Ideology and faction in Savonarolan Florence 22
3 Savonarola on the government of Florence 42
4 Savonarola and the Florentine oligarchy 55
5 Renaissance spirituality and the ethical dimensions of church reform in the age of Savonarola: the dilemma of Cardinal Marco Barbo 65
6 Ecclesiastical censorship and Girolamo Savonarola 90
7 Vincenzo Querini and the Florentine Piagnoni, 1511-1514 112
8 Savonarola vs. History: prophetic legacy and historical interpretation 119
9 Power, force, diplomacy and the Roman model in the writings of Niccolo Machiavelli 128
10 The Neapolitan elites and the French and Spanish invasions 135
11 Venetian elites in the crises of the early sixteenth century 151
12 Venetian ambassadors on the eve of the French invasion 162
13 The French invasions and the establishment of the Petrucci Signoria in Siena 168
14 Creating a stage for an urban elite: the re-development of the Via del Capitano and Piazza Postierla in Siena (1487-1520) 182
15 Patterns of papal response to the crisis of church authority, 1494-1524 194
16 Raphael's School of Athens and the artist of the modern manner 212
17 Music and reform: the Savonarolan legacy 233
Index 251
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