IN THIS PLACE, ON 23 MAY 1498, FRA GIROLAMO SAVONAROLA WAS HANGED AND THEN BURNED AFTER AN INIQUITOUS VERDICT, IN THE COMPANY OF HIS FELLOWS FRA DOMENICO BUONVICINI AND FRA SILVESTRO MARUFFI. THIS MEMORIAL WAS PUT IN PLACE FOUR CENTURIES LATER.
QUI / DOVE CON I SUOI / CONFRATELLI FRA DOMENICO / BUONVICINI E FRA SILVESTRO / MARUFFI IL XXIII MAGGIO / DEL MCCCCXCVIII PER INIQUA / SENTENZA FU IMPICCATO ED ARSO / FRA GIROLAMO SAVONAROLA / DOPO QUATTRO SECOLI / FU COLLOCATA QUESTA / MEMORIA.
History is habitually written by the victors. Or - in the present case - by Florentine nostalgists with a Catholic reformist agenda.
But that was THEN (1898) and this is NOW...
Four Centuries - plus a hundred and thirteen years later - history is habitually written by SEARCH ENGINES.
And here are a few TOP HITS from the WWW:
Drums, Trumpets and Floral Tributes on 23 May...
A Santa Claus Convention in the Snow...
Racing bikes, track suits and traffic police...
AND FINALLY, a normal day in Piazza della Signoria - with nobody taking any notice.
More Mysteries of Florence?
PHOTOGRAPHS: (1) Piazza della Signoria © Lyle Goldberg, (2) Florence, Museo di San Marco, (3), (4), (5) from the web, and (6) Piazza della Signoria © Lyle Goldberg.
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