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Apocalypse in RomeCola di Rienzo and the Politics of the New Age$
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Ronald Musto

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233966

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233966.001.0001

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Introduction: Cola di Rienzo

Introduction: Cola di Rienzo

(p.1) Introduction: Cola di Rienzo
Apocalypse in Rome

Ronald G. Musto

University of California Press

This book is the story of Cola di Rienzo, of his rise to power, his coronation as tribune, his startling victories over the barons, his unexpected fall, his years of hidden wandering among the apocalyptic heretics of Italy's Abruzzi Mountains, his sudden appearance at the court of Emperor Charles IV in Prague, and his return, under arrest, to Avignon, there to stand trial as a heretic for his betrayal of the pope and the Roman church. The story then traces Cola's return to power in Rome and his death on the Capitoline near where the statue of him now stands. His actions and words may seem foreign to modern eyes and ears, less resonant of the history and traumas of the twentieth century, and his motivations, both stated and unstated, more perplexing to attempts at analysis using familiar political, social, or psychological models.

Keywords:   Cola di Rienzo, power, coronation, Abruzzi Mountains, Emperor Charles IV, Roman church, Prague, Avignon

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