Cola and the Barons

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:
Cola and the Barons

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Cola di Rienzo's task in Rome would be a long and hard one: reestablishing the coalition that had brought about the revolution and had sent him to Avignon. The barons possessed a resource that few could match: an enormous pool of vassals to provide military service. They also took proper steps to protect themselves from external enemies by constantly and carefully renewing their complex web of family alliances. The fourteenth century was one of grave crisis for the barons of Rome. Cola continued to act as a notary and scribe for the Chamber and developed a solid reputation in this office. Cola had now condemned them all openly, and in his threats he seemed to have pictured a cataclysm of universal dimensions. But the barons were not yet aware of how carefully Rienzo was planning their apocalypse.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; Rome; Avignon; barons; military service; family alliances

Chapter.  9555 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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