If Moses, Cyrus, Theseus, and Romulus had been unarmed they could not have enforced their constitutions for long--as happened in our time to Fra Girolamo Savonarola
, who was ruined with his new order of things immediately the multitude believed in him no longer, and he had no means of keeping steadfast those who believed or of making the unbelievers to believe.
Hence, it was only a matter of time before a reaction was mobilized in the personality of Girolamo Savonarola
, Rime, a cura di Giona Tuccini, II Melangolo: Genova, 2015; 272 pp.: 9788870189865, 12,00 [euro](pbk)
Strathern, a novelist and nonfiction writer, describes the fight between the Medici and Girolamo Savonarola
, a Dominican monk steeped in religious fanaticism, at the end of the 15th century in Florence.
Verino's guide in Paradise is Cosimo de' Medici, whose family he admired for much of his life, but later he sympathized with the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola
, whom he followed for a while but abandoned when he fell out of favor.
"Michelangelo and Niccolo Machiavelli's Florence suffered a shocking popular power-taking when Girolamo Savonarola
, a mid-level friar from Ferrara, who lived from 1452 to 1498, exploded from obscurity in the 1490s to enthrall Florentines, who felt left behind economically or culturally, with sermons that laid blame upon the misguided policies and moral corruption of their leaders," said Goldin.
King tells all, including Julius' private life (four daughters and several mistresses); his selling indulgences and papal offices; how to make and where to buy the best pigments; insider gossip (Michelangelo thought he was being set up to fail since he wasn't a painter); and Michelangelo's true inspiration (the fire-and-brimstone sermons of Girolamo Savonarola
, who was hung as a heretic).
(1452-98) is one of the most fascinating characters in Church history.
It became associated with the Dominicans, and after Girolamo Savonarola
's death, it was sung mostly in the Dominican convents.