THE UNARMED PROPHET: Savonarola in Florence

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In this biography of Savonarola, the 15th century friar-preacher, Erlanger (Lucrezia Borgia) looks for contemporary parallels. She argues that the apocalyptical harangues of the ayatollah, of the fundamentalists and other zealots, hark back to the fiery preaching of the priest who inveighed against the excesses of the new humanism then sweeping Florence, who faced down not only the corrupt Medicis, but also tilted with a Borgia Pope and the King of France, beginning an inevitable march to the scaffold to be burned as a heretic. Erlanger ably encapsulates the convoluted political and religious history of Florence and the squalid machinations of Renaissance ecclesiastics, recreating the turbulent story of the firebrand friar of San Marco, who made history but remains an enigma. Photos not seen by PW.
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A mediocre book about a little-known but important figure in history, Girolamo Savonarola. The prototype of the pulpit-politician, Savonarola ruled Florence from 1494 to 1498, winning people over by fiery and apocalyptic sermons. Eventually, his followers lost office; Savonarola himself was hanged and burned at the stake as an excommunicate. By focusing on the flash and surface of this admittedly colorful episode in Florentine history, Erlanger has done disservice to a worthy subject. Hearsay and opinion uncritically reported combine to make this poor history and dull reading. David Keymer, SUNY Coll . of Technology, Utica
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