Born on 21 September 1452, the very same year that Leonardo Da Vinci was born, Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher tells the story of a man who believed so wholeheartedly in God and the message that He was giving, that he gave his life for it.
The book is an introduction to the life and times of this infamous preacher, a man who was witness to the dramatic downfall of the Medici dynasty in fifteenth-century Florence, who instigated some of the most dramatic events in Florentine history and whose death is still commemorated today.
'Thoroughly well researched and enthusiastically written. It is clear that Samantha Morris has great care for her subject and this is reflected in the quality of this work. A great introduction to Florentine politics in the late 15th century and the life of one of the most infamous individuals of the Renaissance'. - Katharine Fellows, St Peter's College, University of Oxford
What makes the medieval history of Florence special?
Florence, unlike the majority of Italy's city states during the Renaissance, was a Republic, but run by the Medici family who were kings in all but name. It was also the city that birthed the Renaissance, a city full of political intrigue, violence, art and religion.
Who was Savonarola?
Girolamo Savonarola was a Dominican friar who badly wanted to see Church reform not only within Florence but throughout the World. Unfortunately for Savonarola, despite his best intentions, the city turned against him and his hard lined ways, just as they had with the Medici family.
Why should readers give your non-fiction history books a try?
My books offer a well researched historical introduction to some of the most fascinating periods in both Italian and World history - a stepping stone, if you will, into the torrid history of the Renaissance. Within them you get to meet and learn about, personalities who lived and worked in this era - sex, violence, murder and religious fervour is only a little of what you will find within.