Titel en schrijver
|Scourge and fire, Lauro Martines
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
|Pimlico, 2007, [Eerste druk]
Paperback of hardcover
|XVI, 336 pagina’s
Taal en categorie
|Engels, Geschiedenis & Politiek
|Scourge and fire is a non-fiction book about the Italian Renaissance in the late 1500’s. King Charles VIII of France invaded Italy in 1494 at the height of its Renaissance glories, sending tremors across the peninsula. The Medici fled from Florence and the French army occupied the Renaissance city for ten terrifying days. There was only one ‘little friar’ called Girolamo Savonarola who knew how to comfort the citizens and to urge the King to get out of Florence. Savonarola, who claimed to be a messenger of God, led a political party, which despite being accused of being illegal, swiftly prevailed, causing his voice to rise above all other men at the height of Florence’s Renaissance glories. Attacking evil on all sides, he pleaded for the renewal of Christianity and for the political voice of the people to be heard.
Scourge and fire is the story of Savonarola’s impact on Florence, and the city’s spell over him.
Over de auteur
|A historian and former Professor of European History at the University of California, Los Angeles, Lauro Martines is renowned for his books on the Italian Renaissance. Lauro Martines has written several nonfiction books about the Renaissance.
|Wall Street Journal: ”A thoroughly good read that is also reliable history… impressive narrative power.”
Los Angeles Times: ”Martines paints a rich and fascinating portrait of Girolamo Savonarola, the Dominican friar who ruled Florence after the fall of the Medicis.”
Washington Post: ”Lauro Martines is one of our most renowned historians of the Italian Renaissance and of Florence in particular. His new book is, in some ways, a successor to April Blood… Together the two volumes make up an engrossing study of society and politics during the Tuscan city’s most illustrious half century.”
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