War with 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:
War with the Barons

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The barons' submission to a change in government atop the Capitoline, to someone who had the pope's blessing and who might keep the streets clean and prevent their enemies from gaining supremacy within the city, was one thing. The reimposition of taxes and submission to an aggressive government over the district of Rome where the barons had enjoyed a free hand for half a century now, was something else again. The war against the barons had begun. Cola di Rienzo decided to act swiftly on several fronts: the military, the judicial, and the diplomatic. Taming the barons had become one of the chief goals of the buono stato. The policy grew not only from Cola's sense of government but also from the very constitution of Rome. The rest of the barons' army melted away in terror, leaving their weapons scattered across the field as they fled.

Keywords: barons; war; Rome; Cola di Rienzo; buono stato; policy

Chapter.  16881 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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