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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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Cola and the Barons

Cola and the Barons

(p.83) Chapter 5 Cola and the Barons
Apocalypse in Rome

Ronald G. Musto

University of California Press

Cola di Rienzo's task in Rome would be a long and hard one: reestablishing the coalition that had brought about the revolution and had sent him to Avignon. The barons possessed a resource that few could match: an enormous pool of vassals to provide military service. They also took proper steps to protect themselves from external enemies by constantly and carefully renewing their complex web of family alliances. The fourteenth century was one of grave crisis for the barons of Rome. Cola continued to act as a notary and scribe for the Chamber and developed a solid reputation in this office. Cola had now condemned them all openly, and in his threats he seemed to have pictured a cataclysm of universal dimensions. But the barons were not yet aware of how carefully Rienzo was planning their apocalypse.

Keywords:   Cola di Rienzo, Rome, Avignon, barons, military service, family alliances

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