Savonarola: The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet

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Yale University Press, Nov 22, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Girolamo Savonarola, the fifteenth-century doom-saying friar, embraced the revolution of the Florentine republic and prophesied that it would become the center of a New Age of Christian renewal and world domination. This new biography, the culmination of many decades of study, presents an original interpretation of Savonarola's prophetic career and a highly nuanced assessment of his vision and motivations.

Weinstein sorts out the multiple strands that connect Savonarola to his time and place, following him from his youthful rejection of a world he regarded as corrupt, to his engagement with that world to save it from itself, to his shattering confession—an admission that he had invented his prophesies and faked his visions. Was his confession sincere? A forgery circulated by his inquisitors? Or an attempt to escape bone-breaking torture? Weinstein offers a highly innovative analysis of the testimony to provide the first truly satisfying account of Savonarola and his fate as a failed prophet.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1 The Making of a Moralist
7
Chapter 2 The Making of a Preacher
16
Chapter 3 The Making of a Prophet
28
Chapter 4 Florence and the Medici
42
Chapter 5 The Magnificent Lorenzo
54
Chapter 6 Bologna to Florence
64
Chapter 7 Lo the Sword of God
75
Chapter 15 Mobilizing the Children
183
Chapter 16 I Cant Live without Preaching
196
Chapter 17 The Tail Acquires a Head
209
Chapter 18 Burning the Vanities
217
Chapter 19 Excommunicated
226
Chapter 20 Defiance
241
Chapter 21 Exodus
250
Chapter 22 Trial by Fire
267

Chapter 8 The New Cyrus
94
Illustrations
104
Chapter 9 Liberty
105
Chapter 10 The Ark and the Flood
115
Chapter 11 Toward the New Jerusalem
132
Chapter 12 The Virgin and the Republic of Virtue
148
Chapter 13 The Pope Summons
164
Chapter 14 Obstacles to the Spirit
174
Chapter 23 Despair and Hope
277
Chapter 24 Silence
293
Chapter 25 Echoes
298
Chapter 26 Afterwords
311
Notes
319
Selected Bibliography
363
Index
369
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DIVDonald Weinstein is professor emeritus, University of Arizona. He is the author of several books on Italian history and is a world authority on Savonarola and the Italian Renaissance. He lives in Sonoita, AZ./div

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