A Guide to Righteous Living and Other Works

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On 23 May 1498 Girolamo Savonarola, one of the most spell-binding figures of the Italian Renaissance, was publicly burned at the stake on the main piazza of Florence on trumped-up charges of heresy and sedition. Thus ended the friar's meteoric rise to power and his unprecedented influence over Florentine society. Though his ashes were unceremoniously dumped into the River Arno the moment the cinders had died away, the fire of his teachings could not be extinguished, nor could Florentines forget the rivetting preacher from Ferrara who, in four short years, had turned their city upside down. Neither could Italians nor, more generally, European reformers, for they soon turned Savonarola into a prophet of renewal and into a symbol of the struggle against corruption. Whether he was one or the other or neither, is still very much under debate. This collection of texts from Savonarola's extensive body of works seeks to provide the English reader with a variety of entry points into this controversial figure. With samples from his letters to his poems, from his sermons to his pastoral works, it more than doubles the number of Savonarola's works currently available in English. In so doing, it makes his teachings that much more accessible to wide range of scholars and students alike.
 

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Contents

Letters
35
To Giovanna Carafa Pico saying tribulations
53
Poems
61
Sermons
81
On Ruth and Micah Sermon 28 2 Nov 1496
119
On Exodus Sermon No 1 11 Feb 1497 Renovation
149
Pastoral Works
177
Index of Names
241
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