Girolamo Savonarola

[Girolamo Savonarola] Dominican preacher and reformer. Born on 21 September 1452 in Ferrara, Italy; died on 23 May 1498 in F!orence, Italy. Elected prior to San' Marco in 1491, he preached sermons denouncing laxity of morals, and gained great influence. Opposing the Medici, he welcomed Charles VIII of France, and favored the establishment at Florence of a democratic republic. He introduced many severe measures to reform morals, came into conflict with Pope Alexander VI, was interdicted from preaching, and, refusing obedience, was excommunicated (1497), tried, condemned, and executed.

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