At the dawn of the 1500s, Europe was enjoying more wealth than ever before. Consumption was conspicuous, luxury was accessible… and sin was rife. Preachers like Savonarola foretold the end of the world, and people listened. In this episode of Footnoting History, learn about falling church towers, divine portents, papal curses, and how the European populace dealt with new identities and new opportunities at the opening of the early modern period.
Anne Borelli et al., eds. Selected Writings of Girolamo Savonarola: Religion and Politics, 1490-1498, Yale University Press, (2006).
Samuel Cohn, Creating the Florentine State: Peasants and Rebellion, 1348-1434, Cambridge University Press, (2000).
Anthony Grafton, “Trial by Fire.”
Lauro Martines, Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence, Oxford University Press, (2006).
Greg Miller, "These 15th-Century Maps Show How the Apocalypse Will Go Down", National Geographic, (2016).
David Price, Albrecht Dürer’s Renaissance: Humanism, Devotion, and the Art of Faith.
Girolamo Savonarola, Savonarolan laude, motets, and anthems, A-R Editions, (1999).
Donald Weinstein, Savonarola: The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet, Yale University Press, (2011).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)