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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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Birth, Youth, and Society

Birth, Youth, and Society

(p.22) (p.23) Chapter 1 Birth, Youth, and Society
Apocalypse in Rome

Ronald G. Musto

University of California Press

The myths surrounding Cola di Rienzo began with Cola himself. Cola was attempting to persuade one emperor that he was the bastard offspring of another—in fact Charles' own natural uncle—in order to be released from prison. Cola was born no later than April 1313. Cola's father served a socioeconomic mix in keeping with the working-class nature of his busy commercial neighborhood. Cola's neighborhood stretched along the riverfront and included parts of three rioni: Regola, where he was born; Sant'Angelo, the commercial hub of the riverfront; and Ripa, the port farther down the Tiber bend. But Cola's youth was not spent, with brothers and sisters, amid the crowded streets and alleys of Rome but in Anagni in Lazio. If his story is true, Cola di Rienzo arrived in Anagni sometime after 1313.

Keywords:   Cola di Rienzo, birth, youth, society, Regola, Sant'Angelo, Ripa

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