The belief was that God would intervene to protect Savonarola from the flames, but he and his opponents squabbled for so long that a rainstorm eventually led to the cancellation of the event.

Abbot Robert Fuller surrendered the abbey and its property on 23 March 1540, and within just a few years all the buildings except for the parish nave had been demolished or had collapsed due to neglect.

The couple were declared King and Queen after agreeing to the Declaration of Right. Their coronation took place on 11 April.