Apocalypse in Rome: Cola di Rienzo and the Politics of the by Ronald G. Musto

By Ronald G. Musto

On may well 20, 1347, Cola di Rienzo overthrew with out violence the turbulent rule of Rome's barons and the absentee popes. a tender visionary and the easiest political speaker of his time, Cola promised Rome a go back to its former greatness. Ronald G. Musto's vibrant biography of this charismatic leader--whose exploits have enlivened the paintings of poets, composers, and dramatists, in addition to historians--peels away centuries of interpretation to bare the realities of fourteenth-century Italy and to supply a finished account of Cola's upward thrust and fall.A guy of modest origins, Cola received a name as a skilled expert with an remarkable wisdom of Rome's classical is still. After incomes the glory and friendship of Petrarch and the sponsorship of Pope Clement VI, Cola received the affections and loyalties of all periods of Romans. His buono stato verified the recognition of Rome because the heralded New Jerusalem of the Apocalypse and quick made town a effective diplomatic and spiritual heart that challenged the authority--and power--of either pope and emperor.At the peak of Cola's rule, a conspiracy of pope and barons compelled him to escape the town and stay for years as a fugitive till he used to be betrayed and brought to Avignon to face trial as a heretic. Musto relates the dramatic tale of Cola's next exoneration and go back to critical Italy as an agent of the recent pope. yet simply weeks after he reestablished his executive, he used to be slain through the Romans atop the Capitoline hill.In his exploration, Musto examines each identified record concerning Cola's existence, together with papal, deepest, and diplomatic correspondence infrequently utilized by previous historians. along with his intimate wisdom of ancient Rome--its streets and ruins, its church buildings and palaces, from the busy Tiber riverfront to the misplaced elegance of the Capitoline--he brings a cinematic aptitude to this interesting ancient narrative.

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The emperor and the Latin heard the criers buzzing all around them, and so they passed through an out-of-the-way street, which is called the Ripa, since it is on the banks of the Tiber River, where my house still stands. Turning back from the barricades close by my house, away from the roadblocks and checkpoints, pretending they wanted a drink, they went into my house, which was a public tavern. Once inside they asked for room and board for a nice quiet night. Since her husband was then away, attending to some business, my mother cordially received and put up the gentlemen.

9 The ancient city had been a bishopric since about 487; it formed part of the Patrimony of St. Peter; and it had some geographic 32 BIRTH, YOUTH, AND SOCIETY importance on the road to the kingdom of Naples. Along with other cities of the Lands of St. Peter, including Viterbo, Perugia, Orvieto, Rieti, and Tivoli, it was often the residence of the popes, the Curia, and their attendant administrators, attorneys, notaries, bankers and merchants, craftspeople, and servants. By 1300 it was a stronghold of the family of Benedetto Caetani, Pope Boniface VIII, and a focus of the Caetani’s rapid acquisition of lands south of Rome, much to the detriment of their Colonna rivals.

An atmosphere of Rome and of Italy, and the poet battles and preaches and sings with . . ” To balance out the account of the Anonimo romano, Cosenza brought together for the first time all the available sources for Petrarch’s relationship with Rienzo, including papal and pri- 12 INTRODUCTION vate correspondence and translated excerpts from Gabrielle’s edition of Cola’s letters. This search for cultural identity and the synthesis of Enlightenment scholarship and romantic nationalism also had its effect in Germany.

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