Girolamo Savonarola

From what I have read about Girolamo Savonarola, he seems to have been an extremist in the Church in Florence during the 1490’s, roughly 1494 to 1498. He began to gain influence on the people when the Medici’s power was cut off after the invasion of the French King Charles VIII. He was a member of San Marco and focused his sermons and teachings on the reform of the Church. He discouraged many practices of the Florentine’s such as secular art, carnivals, and annual celebrations. He called for a reform of the Church in an aggressive manner, speaking of an apocalyptic ending to the people and discouraging @the engagement in any type of earthly delight. To break it down this guy was an extreme radical. Mix that with religion and you got yourself a perfect recipe for disaster. He soon lost support from many Florentine’s because of his irrational behavior, and most importantly Pope Alexander VI. He was excommunicated in 1497 but a turn of the cards was upon him when a majority opposition in Florence captured and imprisoned him along with two of his main supporting friars. Evidently, they were all tortured and hanged on May 23 1498.


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