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Apocalypse in Rome [electronic resource] : Cola di Rienzo and the politics of the New Age /
Ronald G. Musto.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
description
xx, 436 p., [20] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520233964 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
isbn
0520233964 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
7833588
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-408) and index.
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"Musto's work will stand alone as the definitive new study . He is able to bring to life the choices and dilemmas that Cola faced, yet he is absolutely honest about what we cannot know or understand. Musto understands the institutions and mores of medieval Italy very well. [His] style is distinguished for its elegance, richness of vocabulary, and felicity of expression."--Benjamin G. Kohl, author ofPadua under the Carrara, 1318-1405
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"Musto's work will stand alone as the definitive new studyƉ. He is able to bring to life the choices and dilemmas that Cola faced, yet he is absolutely honest about what we cannot know or understand. Musto understands the institutions and mores of medieval Italy very well. [His] style is distinguished for its elegance, richness of vocabulary, and felicity of expression."--Benjamin G. Kohl, author ofPadua under the Carrara, 1318-1405
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"Musto's work will stand alone as the definitive new study. . .. He is able to bring to life the choices and dilemmas that Cola faced, yet he is absolutely honest about what we cannot know or understand. Musto understands the institutions and mores of medieval Italy very well. [His] style is distinguished for its elegance, richness of vocabulary, and felicity of expression."--Benjamin G. Kohl, author of Padua under the Carrara, 1318-1405
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-12-01:
From 1347 to 1354, a Roman notary and budding antiquarian, Cola di Rienzo, led a revolution in Rome that riveted the attention of papal Avignon, imperial Prague, and royal Naples, and for a short time restored the city to the center of what Giuseppe Toffanin once called "the century without Rome." Musto's rich and detailed treatment of Roman society, the fabric of the city, the frustrations of its absent popes, and its thuggish barons wonderfully illuminates 14th-century Rome, much as the late Robert Brentano's Rome before Avignon (CH, Oct'74) illuminated 13th-century Rome. But the center is Cola--the antiquarian, Christian moralist of the buono stato, and apocalyptic visionary strongly influenced by spiritual Franciscan apocalypticism. Musto (co-director, History E-Book Project) deftly handles his often-elusive sources, wringing from them a far more reliable, but no less exciting, picture of the notary and his world than those of writers and artists from Petrarch to Richard Wagner. This splendid study of Cola's life and the forces he encountered, manipulated, and was destroyed by is as definitive, learned, and eloquent as one could hope for, and will long remain the master study of this complex figure and his times. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels and collections. E. Peters University of Pennsylvania
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On May 20, 1347, Cola di Rienzo overthrew without violence the turbulent rule of Rome's noble families and the pope. This is a biography of the firebrand whose exploits have enlivened the work of poets, composers and dramatists, as well as historians.
Long Description
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. Ronald G. Musto's vivid 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 professional with an unparalleled knowledge of Rome's classical remains. After earning the respect and friendship of Petrarch and the sponsorship of Pope Clement VI, Cola won the affections and loyalties of all classes of Romans. His buono stato established the reputation of Rome as the heralded New Jerusalem of the Apocalypse and quickly made the city a potent diplomatic and religious center that challenged the authority--and power--of both pope and emperor. At the height of Cola's rule, a conspiracy of pope and barons forced him to flee the city and live for years as a fugitive until he was betrayed and taken to Avignon to stand trial as a heretic. Musto relates the dramatic story of Cola's subsequent exoneration and return to central Italy as an agent of the new pope. But only weeks after he reestablished his government, he was slain by the Romans atop the Capitoline hill. In his exploration, Musto examines every known document pertaining to Cola's life, including papal, private, and diplomatic correspondence rarely used by earlier historians. With his intimate knowledge of historical Rome--its streets and ruins, its churches and palaces, from the busy Tiber riverfront to the lost splendor of the Capitoline--he brings a cinematic flair to this fascinating historical narrative.
Unpaid Annotation
This is an historical biogrpahy of Cola di Rienzo, a colorful and controversial medieval visionary and political figure, who overthrew the Rome's barons and pope and then attempted to revive the ancient Roman republic.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Birth, Youth, and Society
Education, Profession, and Family
Reviving Antiquity
The Popes at Avignon
Cola and the Barons
Preparing for the Apocalypse
Pentecost
The Buono Stato
Cola and the World
War with the Barons
Abdication and Exile
Last World Emperor and Angel Pope
Apocalypse in Rome
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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