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The Dominican Girolamo Savonarola is son of Ferrara, born here in 1451 during the Este reign, was judged a heretic for his strong criticism of the Catholic Church and its actions. Savonarola was burnt at the stake in Firenze in 1498.
Savonarola was an very influential contributor to the politics of Florence, from 1494 until his execution in 1498. He was known for book burning and destruction of what he considered immoral art. Many fine Florentine Renaissance artworks were lost in Savonarola's notorious bonfires, including paintings by Botticelli which he is alleged to have thrown into the fires himself. Savonarola was a preacher and he preached vehemently against the moral corruption of much of the clergy at the time.
Lorenzo de Medici and his son soon became the targets of Savonarola's preaching. After de Medici was dismissed, Savonarola set up "Christian and religious Republic"in Florence. Florence, however, soon became tired of Savonarola because of the city's economic misery, partially derived from Savonarola's opposition to trading and making money.
In 1497 Savonarola was excommunicated by Pope Alexander VI Borgia and soon arrested and charged by heresy. His public execution was in 1498, at Piazza della Signoria, the same spot where he burnt many books and artworks. Girolamo Savonarola was burned and his ashes were thrown in the River Arno.
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