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Girolamo Savonarola, 1452-1498, Italian Reformer

Written by: Ruckman    Posted on: 03/13/2003

Category: Biographies

Source: CCN

Girolamo Savonarola 1452-1498 Italian reformer. Girolamo Savonarola was in a Dominican mon- astery for seven years. He began to preach the Bible in Florence, Italy, in 1481. This city became a republic due to Savonarola's preaching and his immense popularity with the common people. They elected him to be the city manager.         Pope Alexander VI offered him a cardinal's position if he would quit preaching the Bible and exposing the sins of the Vatican. Savonarola refused the "red hat" of the cardinal and replied, "I'll take a red hat of blood." He was excommu- nicated, imprisoned, tortured, then burned at the stake.         Before dying, he said, "Rome will not quench this fire." Nineteen years after Savonarola's death, Martin Luther began the Reformation.

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