Savonarola: The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet

Savonarola: The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet

Donald Weinstein


Girolamo Savonarola, the fifteenth-century doom-saying friar, embraced the revolution of the Florentine republic and prophesied that it'll turn into the guts of a brand new Age of Christian renewal and international domination. This new biography, the end result of many a long time of analysis, offers an unique interpretation of Savonarola's prophetic profession and a hugely nuanced review of his imaginative and prescient and motivations.

Weinstein varieties out the a number of strands that attach Savonarola to his time and position, following him from his younger rejection of an international he considered as corrupt, to his engagement with that international to put it aside from itself, to his shattering confession—an admission that he had invented his prophesies and faked his visions. used to be his confession honest? A forgery circulated by way of his inquisitors? Or an try to break out bone-breaking torture? Weinstein deals a hugely cutting edge research of the testimony to supply the 1st really gratifying account of Savonarola and his destiny as a failed prophet.

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