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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which focuses on the relations between humanism, theology, and politics in Florence during the last decades of the fifteenth century. It deals with the relations between humanists and theologians and, by implication, between humanism and religion. The analysis offered in the book is centred on the evolution of a new humanist theology from the early 1460s to the end of the 1490s, a reaction to a deep sense of spiritual crisis felt by many individuals and followed by institutional and political crises. The chapter presents an overview of how other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords:Florence; humanist theology; spiritual crisis

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