Education, Profession, and Family

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:
Education, Profession, and Family

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This chapter discusses the education, profession, and family of Cola di Rienzo. Cola's education probably involved “reading the Psalter,” which was also used to teach the alphabet, syllabication, groups of prayers, and often psalms. Cola would have set himself up in a small shop upon earning his license. The public office of the notary would bring Cola di Rienzo and his skills into quite another world. Given Cola's own sense of style and the beauty of the diplomatic and other letters that survive from his reign, it is clear that he would not have been satisfied with anyone but the best available notary to represent both Rome and his new government. Cola and Livia had at least two sons. Cola appears indifferent to the names, number, and sometimes even the fate of his children.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; education; family; public office; profession; Rome; Livia

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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