Machiavelli married Marietta Corsini in Political-military alliances continually changed, featuring condottieri mercenary leaderswho changed sides without warning, and the rise and fall of many short-lived governments. It is thought that he did not learn Greek even though Florence was at the time one of the centers of Greek scholarship in Europe. In Florence restored the republicexpelling the Medici family that had ruled Florence for some sixty years.
Savonarola was born on 21 Septemberin Ferrara. His father, Michele Savonarola, was a noted physician and polymath. Savonarola's mother Elena claimed a lineage from the Bonacossi family of Mantua.
She and her husband Niccolo had seven children, of whom Girolamo was third. His grandfather was a very successful physician who oversaw his education. His family had amassed a great deal of wealth from his medical practice.
After his grandfather's death inSavonarola may have attended the public school run by Battista Guarino, son of Guarino da Veronawhere he would have received his introduction to the classics as well as to the poetry and writings of Petrarchfather of Renaissance humanism.
Earning an arts degree at the University of Ferrarahe prepared to enter medical school, following in his grandfather's footsteps.
At some point, however, he abandoned his career intentions.
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In his early poems, he expresses his preoccupation with the state of the Church and of the world. He began to write poetry of an apocalyptic bent, notably "On the Ruin of the World" and "On the Ruin of the Church"in which he singled out the papal court at Rome for special obloquy.
As he later told his biographer, a sermon he heard by a preacher in Faenza persuaded him to abandon the world. As he told his father in his farewell letter, he wanted to become a knight of Christ.
Friar[ edit ] In the convent, Savonarola took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and after a year was ordained to the priesthood. He studied Scripture, logic, Aristotelian philosophy and Thomistic theology in the Dominican studium, practised preaching to his fellow friars and engaged in disputations.
He then matriculated in the theological faculty to prepare for an advanced degree. Even as he continued to write devotional works and to deepen his spiritual life he was openly critical of what he perceived as the decline in convent austerity.
In his studies were interrupted when he was sent to the Dominican priory of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Ferrara as assistant master of novices. The assignment might have been a normal, temporary break from the academic routine, but in Savonarola's case it was a turning point. One explanation is that he had alienated certain of his superiors, particularly fra Vincenzo Bandelli, or Bandelloa professor at the studium and future master general of the Dominicans, who resented the young friar's opposition to modifying the Order's rules against the ownership of property.
In San Marco, fra Girolamo Savonarola taught logic to the novices, wrote instructional manuals on ethics, logic, philosophy, and government, composed devotional works, and prepared his sermons for local congregations.
Florentines were put off by his foreign-sounding Ferrarese speech, his strident voice, and especially to those who valued humanist rhetoric his inelegant style.
As his letters to his mother and his writings show, his confidence and sense of mission grew along with his widening reputation. It seems that this was due to the initiative of the humanist philosopher-prince, Giovanni Pico della Mirandolawho had heard Savonarola in a formal disputation in Reggio Emilia and been impressed with his learning and piety.
Pico was in trouble with the Church for some of his unorthodox philosophical ideas the famous " theses" and was living under the protection of Lorenzo the Magnificentthe Medici de facto ruler of Florence.
Prophet[ edit ] Illustration from Compendio di revelatione,by Savonarola Savonarola preached on the First Epistle of John and on the Book of Revelationdrawing such large crowds that he eventually moved to the Cathedral. Without mentioning names, he made pointed allusions to tyrants who usurped the freedom of the people, and he excoriated their allies, the rich and powerful who neglected and exploited the poor.
Scoffers dismissed him as an over-excited zealot and "preacher of the desperate" and sneered at his growing band of followers as Piagnoni—"Weepers" or "Wailers", an epithet they adopted. In Savonarola warned of "the Sword of the Lord over the earth quickly and soon" and envisioned terrible tribulations to Rome.
Around these sermons have not survived he began to prophesy that a New Cyrus was coming over the mountains to begin the renewal of the Church. Charles, however, advanced on Florence, sacking Tuscan strongholds and threatening to punish the city for refusing to support his expedition.
As the populace took to the streets to expel Piero the UnfortunateLorenzo de' Medici's son and successor, Savonarola led a delegation to the camp of the French king in mid-November He pressed Charles to spare Florence and enjoined him to take up his divinely appointed role as the reformer of the Church.
After a short, tense occupation of the city, and another intervention by fra Girolamo as well as the promise of a huge subsidythe French resumed their journey southward on 28 November Savonarola now declared that by answering his call to penitence, the Florentines had begun to build a new Ark of Noah which had saved them from the waters of the divine flood.
Even more sensational was the message in his sermon of December Your counsels will reform all by the light and grace that God will give you.
Second, O Florence, you will have innumerable riches, and God will multiply all things for you. Third, you will spread your empire, and thus you will have power temporal and spiritual. This astounding guarantee may have been an allusion to the traditional patriotic myth of Florence as the new Rome, which Savonarola would have encountered in his readings in Florentine history.
In any case, it encompassed both temporal power and spiritual leadership. If Moses, Cyrus, Theseus, and Romulus had been unarmed they could not have enforced their constitutions for long—as happened in our time to Fra Girolamo Savonarola, who was ruined with his new order of things immediately the multitude believed in him no longer, and he had no means of keeping steadfast those who believed or of making the unbelievers to believe.
Electrotypeobverse With Savonarola's advice and support as a non-citizen and cleric he was ineligible to hold officea Savonarolan political "party", dubbed "the Frateschi", took shape and steered the friar's program through the councils.What did Machiavelli believe in?
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