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Apocalypse in Rome: Cola di Rienzo and the Politics of the New Age

Ronald Musto


On May 20, 1347, Cola di Rienzo overthrew without violence the turbulent rule of Rome's barons and the absentee popes. A young visionary and the best political speaker of his time, Cola promised Rome a return to its former greatness. This biography of this charismatic leader—whose exploits have enlivened the work of poets, composers, and dramatists, as well as historians—peels away centuries of interpretation to reveal the realities of fourteenth-century Italy and to offer a comprehensive account of Cola's rise and fall. A man of modest origins, Cola gained a reputation as a talented professio ... More

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo, Rome, fourteenth-century Italy, Romans, barons, popes, Petrarch, Pope Clement VI, Avignon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233966
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Musto, author