Cola di Rienzo's campaign to rebuild a civic culture in Rome took nearly three years. But as his speeches gained circulation and his apocalyptic images grew on the consciousness of the Romans, he became more and more confident in his ability to restore power to the communal government. Cola's speech was designed to gain the support of his diverse coalition. Cola had reconfirmed powers that the original commune of 1143 had seized from its overlord, the bishop of Rome, and he had ended the long century of rule by the barons acting as the “senators” of the pope. The buono stato had been born and with it, it seemed that day, the good new age of the Holy Spirit.
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