American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Savonarola, Girolamo 1452-1498. Italian reformer. A Dominican friar, he gained a vast popular following and drove the Medici family out of Florence in 1494. He was later excommunicated and executed for criticizing Pope Alexander VI.
- n. Italian religious and political reformer; a Dominican friar in Florence who preached against sin and corruption and gained a large following; he expelled the Medici from Florence but was later excommunicated and executed for criticizing the Pope (1452-1498)
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“Romola, after she lost faith in Savonarola, fled again from duty, until some unseen power floated her to the pestilence-stricken village, and she learned God's love afresh.”
“Colomba" and Mr. Stanford's "Savonarola" -- were performed in German, the former in Hamburg, the latter in London.”
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“His second and best period began in 1855, when he abandoned his cold classicism and wrote his best works: "Clermont Cathedral," "Savonarola," "Foolish Dúnya,”
“Flamineo and Bosola, are tyrants such as Savonarola described, and as we read of in the chronicles of petty Southern cities.”
“At last came forward the young poet of the occasion, who read an elaborate poem, "Savonarola," which was listened to in most respectful silence, and loudly applauded at its close, as I thought, deservedly.”
“The common attribute of all such fortunate masters of men was force of arms, while the mission of an unarmed prophet such as Savonarola was foredoomed to failure.”
“The show has been co-curated by Tim Parks, the English novelist and author of the book "Medici Money," and Ludovica Sebregondi, a specialist in both the Renaissance and the iconography of Girolamo Savonarola, the turbulent priest who railed against usury and the ostentation of the rich.”
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