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Birth, Youth, and Society

Ronald G. Musto

in Apocalypse in Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233966
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928725 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233966.003.0002
Birth, Youth, and Society

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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

Chapter.  4480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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