SAVONAROLA, Girolama, 1452-1498, Dominican friar, preacher and governor of Florence

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Printed treatise on the government of Florence, [1498], by Girolama Savonarola, entitled Tractato di frate Hieronymo da Ferrara dell ordine de predicatori circa el reggimento & governo della Citta di Firenze composto ad instantia delli excelsi Signori al tempo di Giuliano Salviati Gonfaloniere di Iustitia , [published by Bartolommeo de'Libri, Florence, 1498].

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Born 1452; Dominican friar; lecturer in the Convent of San Marco, Florence, 1482, gaining a reputation for learning and asceticism; gave prophetic sermons, proposing the reform of the church and speaking against Lorenzo de' Medici; became the leader of Florence following the overthrow of the Medici, setting up a democratic republic; following numerous attempts by the Holy League to undermine his power, he was hanged and burned in 1498.


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Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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