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The Life and Martyrdom of Savonarola: Illustrative of the History of Church and State Connection

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... and divisions amongst them, which, if they had been suffered to go any further, could not have failed to end in the ruin of their State and authority. " Had he meddled with the government with no other view but to maintain concord, and had succeeded in his design, he could hardly be excused; for, as laymen have no business with things appertaining to the altar, so monks have as little to do with political affairs: every one should keep within the bounds of his own profession. " What shall we say, then, of a man who immersed himself wholly in cabals of State, and occasioned so many troubles and divisions? Paul Jovius is moderate enough in the censure which he passes upon him ' He was chiefly set against the family de Medicis, ' says Jovius, ' and opposed that form of a republic which, as he said, was liable to be governed by the violence and lust of a few great men. For this reason, he had evidently divided the city into parties, and was very justly censured by grave and wise citizens; because, that laying aside his religious profession, and the contemplation of divine matters, he had concerned himself in the management of the State, with more ambition than became a man of his holy profession.' " " See, in Guicciardini," continues Bayle, " how he declared it to be the will of God, that the government of the people should be set up, and nevertheless he consented that they should infringe the prerogatives of that form of government, in the point of executing four or five persons that were condemned for high treason. " Their relations having appealed from the sentence to the great council of the people, by virtue of a law which had been made at the establishment of the democracy, those who had been authors of the condemnation, fearing lest compassion... Hide synopsis

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