500 Years Ago, This Monk Convinced Italians to Torch Their Possessions

His name was Girolamo Savonarola, and it was called the "Bonfire of the Vanities."

By: Michael Stuchbery, The Local

Meet the mad monk of Florence, the man behind Italy’s Bonfire of the Vanities

It was a clean-up that Marie Kondo would have been proud of. Out into the streets came paintings, statues, jewellery, clothing, all heaped into piles.

On February 7th, 1497, the inhabitants of Florence had decided many of their worldly possessions were not ‘sparking joy’, but rather leading them towards the hellfires of sin.

This event, known to history as the Bonfire of the Vanities, was carried out at the urging of the monk christened Girolamo Savonarola, one of the most famous figures in the city’s history. Continue reading at The Local.


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