1452 – Born on September 21st in Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara. Italian Christian preacher, reformer, and martyr, renowned for his clash with tyrannical rulers and a corrupt clergy.
1475 – He left his father’s house and his medical studies, on which he had embarked after taking a degree in the liberal arts, to enter the Dominican order at Bologna.
1482 – Savonarola was sent to Florence to take up the post of lecturer in the convent of San Marco, where he gained a great reputation for his learning and asceticism.
1485-1486 – At San Gimignano in Lent, he put forward his famous propositions: the church needed reforming; it would be scourged and then renewed.
1487 – He left Florence to become master of studies in the school of general studies at Bologna.
1490 – Savonarola preached boldly against the tyrannical abuses of the government.
1494 – After the overthrow of the Medici, Savonarola was the sole leader of Florence, setting up a democratic republic.
– Medici rule did not long survive Lorenzo and was overthrown by the invasion of Charles VIII.
1498 – Died on May 23rd in Florence.