Political Views in the Preaching of Giovanni Dominici in Renaissance Florence, 1400-1406

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Abstract

The writer examines the preaching and political views of the Dominican friar Giovanni Dominici, an important but unjustly neglected figure from the political world of Renaissance Florence. He makes use of an extensive, unpublished collection of Dominici's early-15th-century sermons now held by the Biblioteca Riccardiana. He portrays Dominici as a politically ambivalent figure who advocated some of the civic values of Renaissance Florence while fiercely criticizing such aspects of humanism as as the use of rhetoric in politics and the emergence of the professional politician.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-48
Number of pages30
JournalRenaissance Quarterly
Volume55
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2002

Keywords

  • Italy
  • Florence (Italy)
  • Dominici, Giovanni
  • Renaissance -- Italy
  • Florence (Italy) -- History
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Church & state
  • Preaching
  • Friars

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