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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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Last World Emperor and Angel Pope

Last World Emperor and Angel Pope

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(p.269) Chapter 12 Last World Emperor and Angel Pope
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Apocalypse in Rome
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Ronald G. Musto

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233966.003.0013

Stirred by Fra Angelo to take up his role in the Last Days, and weary of his long years of hiding from Rome's barons and their plots to destroy him, in June 1350 Cola di Rienzo decided that his fate lay with the Roman emperor in his far-off capital. Charles heeded the new currents of political theory and neglected to request papal approval of his imperial election. He, like many of his contemporaries, also believed in the power and truth of visions, and he relates several in his autobiography. Cola protests that he is judged not for his work on behalf of peace and justice but for his belief in prophecy. Pope Clement was buried in Avignon's cathedral, but his body was soon moved north to the Benedictine abbey of St.-Robert in La Chaise-Dieu, where he was once abbot and where he had desired to be buried.

Keywords:   Pope Clement, Cola di Rienzo, Fra Angelo, Rome, barons, Roman emperor, Charles, Avignon

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