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

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The Dominican friar Giovanni Dominici (1356-1419) was an influential, charismatic, and popular preacher, and an important figure in the political world of Renaissance Florence, but neglected in modern scholarship. This study offers a thorough summary of Dominici's political views as well as a biographical portrait, a bibliographical survey, and a discussion of Dominici's preaching style. The article draws on a large, unpublished collection of Dominici's sermons from the Biblioteca Riccardiana, dating from 1400 to 1406. Dominici emerges as an ambivalent participant in Florentine politics, advocating some of its civic values such as the active life and patriotism, while fiercely criticizing humanist ideals such as the use of rhetoric in politics and the rise of the professional politician.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-48
Number of pages30
JournalRenaissance Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes


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

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