The Popes at Avignon

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:
The Popes at Avignon

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The Anonimo romano deliberately juxtaposed the sentences presented in this order: the murder of Cola di Rienzo's brother, Cola's thoughts of revenge, his analysis of Rome's bad government, and his rise to prominence in the city, culminating in his appointment as chief ambassador to Avignon. Cola's portrait is the image of an ordinary man thrust into a great role: strong enough to perform it, yet burdened and worn down enough by the task to show it. The Thirteen Good Men dispatched Rienzo's delegation to the court of the new pope in Avignon. Avignon was a city of spectacle and waste. Cola was a papal notary, the first office that Cardinal Giovanni Colonna himself had held in Rome. For Clement, the risks to his own position and prestige were relatively small and the opportunity great.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; Rome; Avignon; pope; Thirteen Good Men; Cardinal Giovanni Colonna; Clement

Chapter.  10898 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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