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The Resource Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city, Paul Strathern

Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city, Paul Strathern

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Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city
Title
Death in Florence
Title remainder
the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city
Statement of responsibility
Paul Strathern
Title variation
Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. As generous patrons to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, the ruling Medici embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age, and in Lorenzo de' Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent) they possessed a diplomat capable of guarding the militarily weak city in a climate of constantly shifting allegiances between the major Italian powers. However, in the form of Savonarola, an unprepossessing provincial monk, Lorenzo found his nemesis. Filled with Old Testament fury and prophecies of doom, Savonarola's sermons reverberated among a disenfranchised population, who preferred medieval Biblical certainties to the philosophical interrogations and intoxicating surface glitter of the Renaissance. Savonarola's aim was to establish a 'City of God' for his followers, a new kind of democratic state, the likes of which the world had never seen before. The battle between these two men would be a fight to the death, a series of sensational events--invasions, trials by fire, the 'Bonfire of the Vanities', terrible executions and mysterious deaths--featuring a cast of the most important and charismatic Renaissance figures. Was this a simple clash of wills between a benign ruler and religious fanatic? Between secular pluralism and repressive extremism? In an exhilaratingly rich and deeply researched story, Paul Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts, and political compromises that made the battle for the soul of the Renaissance city one of the most complex and important moments in Western history"--
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provided by publisher
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YDXCP
Dewey number
945.5105
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DG737.4
LC item number
.S77 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city, Paul Strathern
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-408) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: 'The needle of the Italian compass' -- A Prince in All but Name -- 'Blind wickedness' -- Lorenzo's Florence -- Securing the Medici Dynasty -- Pico's Challenge -- The Return of Savonarola -- Cat and Mouse -- The End of an Era -- Noah's Ark -- A Bid for Independence -- 'Italy faced hard times ... beneath stars hostile to her good' -- 'I will destroy all flesh' -- Humiliation -- A New Government -- The Voices of Florence -- 'A bolt from the blue' -- The Bonfire of the Vanities -- 'On suspicion of heresy' -- Open Defiance -- The Tables are Turned -- Ordeal by Fire -- The Siege of San Marco -- Trial and Torture -- Judgment -- Hanged and Burned -- Aftermath
Control code
ocn892878915
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781605988269
Lccn
2016302402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)892878915
Label
Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city, Paul Strathern
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-408) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: 'The needle of the Italian compass' -- A Prince in All but Name -- 'Blind wickedness' -- Lorenzo's Florence -- Securing the Medici Dynasty -- Pico's Challenge -- The Return of Savonarola -- Cat and Mouse -- The End of an Era -- Noah's Ark -- A Bid for Independence -- 'Italy faced hard times ... beneath stars hostile to her good' -- 'I will destroy all flesh' -- Humiliation -- A New Government -- The Voices of Florence -- 'A bolt from the blue' -- The Bonfire of the Vanities -- 'On suspicion of heresy' -- Open Defiance -- The Tables are Turned -- Ordeal by Fire -- The Siege of San Marco -- Trial and Torture -- Judgment -- Hanged and Burned -- Aftermath
Control code
ocn892878915
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781605988269
Lccn
2016302402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)892878915

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