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Lauro Martines

“It follows that the one thing we should not do to the men and women of past time, and particularly if they ghost through to us as larger than life, is to take them out of their historical contexts. To do so is to run the risk of turning them into monsters, whom we can denounce for our (frequently political) motives—an insidious game, because we are condemning in their make-up that which is likely to belong to a whole social world, the world that helped to fashion them and that is deviously reflected or distorted in them. Censure of this sort is the work of petty moralists and propagandists, not historians (p. 5).”


Lauro Martines, Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence
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Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence by Lauro Martines
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