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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
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Death in Florence
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the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a renaissance city
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Paul Strathern
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eng
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  • "One of the defining moments in Western history, the bloody and dramatic story of the battle for the soul of Renaissance Florence" --
  • "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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10440084
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1940-
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Strathern, Paul
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
LC call number
DG737.4
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.S77 2015
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non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Medici, Lorenzo de'
  • Savonarola, Girolamo
  • Renaissance
  • Florence (Italy)
  • Florence (Italy)
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the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a Renaissance city
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Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a renaissance city, Paul Strathern
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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892878915
Dimensions
24 cm.
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First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
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xv, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781605988269
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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illustrations, maps
Label
Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a renaissance city, Paul Strathern
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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.
Control code
892878915
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781605988269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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