burnt at the stake


May 23

on Monday

Fra Girolamo Savonarola, Fra Domenico, and Fra Silvestro Maruffi are led out in the morning into the main square where, before a tribunal of high clerics and government officials, they were condemned as heretics and schismatics, and sentenced to die forthwith. Stripped of their Dominican garments in ritual degradation, they mounted the scaffold in their thin white shirts. Each on a separate gallows, they were hanged, while fires were ignited below them to consume their bodies. To prevent devotees from searching for relics, their ashes were carted away and scattered in the Arno.

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Astronomical Events

The moon was waxing crescent that night.
Sunrise in Arno was at 5:52 AM and sunset was at 5:59 PM.


Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), aged 46: priest





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