Fire in the City Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence

ISBN-10: 0195327101
ISBN-13: 9780195327106
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Authors: Lauro Martines
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Lauro Martines is an author and independent scholar who has taught history in Los Angeles, London, and Paris. Murtha Baca is head of the Standards and Vocabulary Programs at the Getty Research Institute.

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
An X-Ray of Florentine Government
Glossary of Terms
Chorus
Vile Bodies: 1472-1490
The Friar Returns: 1490-1491
The Wait: 1492-1494
Fear and Loathing: November 1494
Holy Liberty
Stamping out Tyranny: 1494-1495
God and Politics
Angels and Enforcers: 1496-1498
The Pope and the Friar: 1495-1497
The Savonarolan Moment
Wailers and Bigots
Excommunication: May-June 1497
Five Executions: August 1497
Rome Closes In
Foiled Fire
The Siege of San Marco: April 1498
Confessions of a Sinner
Fire Again: Three Executions: May 1498
The Conscience of a City
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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