Fire In The City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence

Paperback | July 15, 2007

byLauro Martines

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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 longbeen 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 ownfiery 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.

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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 m...

Lauro Martines is Professor Emeritus of European History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A renowned scholar of Renaissance Italy, he now writes regularly for The Times Literary Supplement. The author of April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Julia O'Faolian. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:418 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.71 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195327101

ISBN - 13:9780195327106

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentList of IllustrationsAn X-Ray of Florentine GovernmentGlossary of TermsCh. 1 - ChorusCh. 2 - Vile Bodies: 1472-1490Ch. 3 - The Friar Returns: 1490-1491Ch. 4 - The Wait: 1492-1494Ch. 5 - Fear and Loathing: November 1494Ch. 6 - Holt LibertyCh. 7 - Stamping out Tyranny: 1494-1495Ch. 8 - God and PoliticsCh. 9 - Angels and Enforcers: 1496-1498Ch. 10 - The Pope and the Friar: 1495-1497Ch. 11 - The Savonrolan MomentCh. 12 - Wailers and BigotsCh. 13 - Excommunication: May-June 1497Ch. 14 - Five Executions: August 1497Ch. 15 - Rome Closes InCh. 16 - Foiled FireCh. 17 - The Siege of San Marco: April 1498Ch. 18 - Confessions of a SinnerCh. 19 - Fire Again: Three Executions: May 1498Ch. 20 - The Conscience of a CityNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Martines's fast-paced study weaves a first-rate social history of Renaissance Florence with a deeply affecting and more complex portrait of Savonarola.... This absorbing account by Martines captures Savonarola's brilliance as well as the exciting and dangerous days of RenaissanceFlorence."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)