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The Savonarola Affair—The Government Of God As Republican Practice

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The historical figure of Savonarola is related inseparably to the religious, social, political, and intellectual history of Florence during the 1490s. The Savonarola affair can be used as a good case-study for criticizing the different basic attitudes towards the whole epoch, which stands between mediaeval culture and modernity. In July 1491 Savonarola was elected prior of the convent of San Marco. The author emphasizes the complexity of Savonarola's historical figure in regard to his connections with humanists and with the relatively new intellectual fashion which modern scholarship has called the humanist movement. The chapter focuses on the political context and contents of Savonarola's sermons. Caroli and Savonarola should both be considered as followers of Dominici and Antonino in the tradition of fifteenth-century Florentine reformers.

Keywords:Dominici; Florence; humanist movement; San Marco; Savonarola affair

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