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The Elect Nation : The Savonarolan Movement in Florence, 1494-1545 - Lorenzo Polizzotto

The Elect Nation

The Savonarolan Movement in Florence, 1494-1545

Hardcover Published: 29th December 1994
ISBN: 9780199206001
Number Of Pages: 504

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The Elect Nation is the first comprehensive study of the religious, political and cultural movement inspired by Savonarola. Based on a thorough examination of archival material and manuscript sources, the book argues that the followers of Savonarola exercised a profound influence on every facet of Florentine life during the important period of the city's transition from republic to principate. It is the author's contention that their ideology and activities provide the key to understanding not only the policital developments of the last years of the Florentine Republic, but also the nature of contemporary political debate and the characteristics of the merging Medicean Principate.A major preoccupation of the book is to show how the Savonarolans as a group managed to survive the execution of their leaders and to regain their strength and influence. The author traces their networks of support and analyses the way in which they infiltrated and restructured existing Florentine institutions to their advantage. He also reveals how they exploited spiritual counselling and lay and religious partronage to expand their influence, and, in particular, how they ensured the survival of their movement by forming an anti-Medicean alliance of republican forces in Florence.

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`The narrative proceeds chronologically...constructing an argument that is both original and highly convincing. Exceptionally thorough scholarly apparatus. Recommended for upper-division, undergraduates and above.' Choice `Polizzotto...has written a definitive study based mainly on manuscript sources in some twenty archives but also employing the most recent secondary literature.' Sixteenth Century Journal

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
'Holy Liberty': The Establishment of a Political Tradition, 1494-1498p. 8
The Piagnoni and Religious Reformp. 54
The Mystial Path to Reformp. 100
Reform through the Conventional Channel of the Church: The Conservative Approachp. 139
The Path to Radicalismp. 168
'In Sodom and Gomorrah': The Piagnoni in Adversity and the Espousal of Radicalismp. 239
'The New Jerusalem': The Last Florentine Republicp. 314
'By the Waters of Babylon': The Death of a Movementp. 387
Epiloguep. 438
Appendixp. 446
Select Bibliographyp. 462
Indexp. 465
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ISBN: 9780199206001
ISBN-10: 0199206007
Series: Oxford-Warburg Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 29th December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.88