Cola and the World

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 World

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Cola di Rienzo envisioned a clear and consistent foreign policy and diplomacy in order to manifest the deeply apocalyptic underpinnings and goals of his stato, to spell out the practical results of the buono stato in a language understood by the Italian communes, and to proclaim the renewal of the Roman Republic and of the ancient liberties and greatness of all Italy. The buono stato had attracted many in the professional and business classes of Rome, her best and brightest. Cola had established himself and Rome as a font of learning and political wisdom. Rienzo's coronation made clear his threefold political and religious program. Cola had declared himself the “lover of the world,” and now the world had begun to engage him. It was the barons who were to make the first pass.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; foreign policy; diplomacy; Rome; buono stato; Roman Republic; lover of the world

Chapter.  15652 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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