May 13, 2023
Girolamo Savonarola Part 3: The Scourge of Italy
In this episode of our series on Savonarola, we follow events in Florence following the untimely death of Lorenzo the Magnificent. In this time of uncertainty, Savonarola’s apocalyptic predictions grew increasingly bolder. As the friar sought to assert his independence from the Medici family, developments to the north threatened to turn his prophecies into reality.
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Cover Image: Portrait of a Dominican, presumed to be Girolamo Savonarola, c. 1524
Opening Theme: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 by Antonín Dvořák
Closing Theme: "Dies Irae" performed by the Monastic Choir of the Grimbergen Abbey