Death in Florence

Death in Florence

The Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance City

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2015.
Edition: Audio CD Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781504616737
1504616731
Branch Call Number: 945.5105 ST82
Characteristics: 12 audio discs ( 14 hr., 30 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,stereo
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Perkins, Derek - Narrator

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