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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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The Buono Stato

The Buono Stato

(p.143) Chapter 8 The Buono Stato
Apocalypse in Rome

Ronald G. Musto

University of California Press

Cola di Rienzo and his supporters produced the first fruit of their labors: the proclamation of the Ordinances of the buono stato. The ordinances indicate that the buono stato anticipated armed resistance from the barons. It intended to make good its promises to the cavallerotti to retake effective control of cities and lands within the Roman district. Cola's buono stato seems to have taken up contemporary meanings of the condition of good government but to have joined them with the rich connotations of religious renewal and reform. Justice was visibly and forcefully the most tangible effect of the buono stato. The ideal civitas whose liberation and renewal Cola had described in terms borrowed directly from the Apocalypse.

Keywords:   Cola di Rienzo, buono stato, Ordinances, barons, justice, religious renewal, reform

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