The <i>Buono Stato</i>

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 Buono Stato

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Cola di Rienzo and his supporters produced the first fruit of their labors: the proclamation of the Ordinances of the buono stato. The ordinances indicate that the buono stato anticipated armed resistance from the barons. It intended to make good its promises to the cavallerotti to retake effective control of cities and lands within the Roman district. Cola's buono stato seems to have taken up contemporary meanings of the condition of good government but to have joined them with the rich connotations of religious renewal and reform. Justice was visibly and forcefully the most tangible effect of the buono stato. The ideal civitas whose liberation and renewal Cola had described in terms borrowed directly from the Apocalypse.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; buono stato; Ordinances; barons; justice; religious renewal; reform

Chapter.  7771 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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