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Savonarola, Girolamo (1452–1498)

  1. David S. Oderberg

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1211

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Oderberg, D. S. 2011. Savonarola, Girolamo (1452–1498). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Dominican friar, zealous reformer, and fiery preacher who still commands universal fascination, Savonarola is one of the more colorful characters of the Italian Renaissance, and an example of what can happen when zeal overcomes prudence.


  • Savonarola, Girolamo (1452–1498);
  • dominican friar, reformer and fiery preacher;
  • life of mortification and renunciation;
  • root-and-branch reform of monastery;
  • Christian commonwealth, or democratic theocracy