Last World Emperor and Angel Pope

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:
Last World Emperor and Angel Pope

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Stirred by Fra Angelo to take up his role in the Last Days, and weary of his long years of hiding from Rome's barons and their plots to destroy him, in June 1350 Cola di Rienzo decided that his fate lay with the Roman emperor in his far-off capital. Charles heeded the new currents of political theory and neglected to request papal approval of his imperial election. He, like many of his contemporaries, also believed in the power and truth of visions, and he relates several in his autobiography. Cola protests that he is judged not for his work on behalf of peace and justice but for his belief in prophecy. Pope Clement was buried in Avignon's cathedral, but his body was soon moved north to the Benedictine abbey of St.-Robert in La Chaise-Dieu, where he was once abbot and where he had desired to be buried.

Keywords: Pope Clement; Cola di Rienzo; Fra Angelo; Rome; barons; Roman emperor; Charles; Avignon

Chapter.  18849 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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