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Old 03-24-2007, 05:41 PM
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Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence by Lauro Martines
I've almost finished. In the last few chapters, I've read about:
* a trial-by-fire challenge where two priests would walk through about 30 yards of blazing timber and whoever emerged alive would prove to have God's protection -- which didn't actually take place because the priest who first made the challenge was too much of a pussy to show up;
* a huge public riot and siege of a church/convent, with both the mob outside and the priests inside armed with artillery and crossbows and halberds and battle axes and all kinds of shit;
* a civic leader getting his head cloven in half by gangsters in the street;
* a fundamentalist preacher and self-avowed prophet -- who basically held the entire city (perhaps the most important city in the world at the time) in thrall for the past four years -- having to confess under torture that he was basically a scam artist;
* this preacher and his two buddies getting hung in the public square, burned to ashes, and the ashes dumped in the river so no one could ever find even a fragment of bone that they could claim was a relic and try to get him sainted;
* and more!

Seriously, the story of Girolamo Savonarola and Florence is one badass tale, and the historically-inclined among you should check into it.
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Seriously, the story of Girolamo Savonarola and Florence is one badass tale, and the historically-inclined among you should check into it.
sounds good . . . maybe i will. Have you read Name of the Rose?
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sounds good . . . maybe i will. Have you read Name of the Rose?
Two or three times. It is one of my all-time favorite novels.
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Two or three times. It is one of my all-time favorite novels.
I like Baudolino better.
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Two or three times. It is one of my all-time favorite novels.
i actually havent read it yet

its on my nightstand but we have so much reading for the fucking advanced english class im in that i havent gotten a chance all schoolyear
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I like Baudolino better.
Yeah? I haven't read Baudolino. I loved Foucault's Pendulum, but got bored halfway through The Island of the Day Before.
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i actually havent read it yet

its on my nightstand but we have so much reading for the fucking advanced english class im in that i havent gotten a chance all schoolyear
It'll still be good this summer.
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