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Apocalypse in Rome

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233966.003.0014
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Innocent reformed most of Clement's abuses, cutting back papal expenses and reducing Avignon's court and bureaucracy, simplifying ceremonial and the extravagant lifestyle of the papal familia, and demanding that the College of Cardinals do the same. Cola had originally risen to power after decades of baronial civil war, and the flight of the papacy from its own see had left the city bereft of unity, peace, and prosperity. In the spring of 1355, the ashes of Cola di Rienzo now mingled with the deep waters of the Tiber as it raced westward around the Campo Marzio and embraced the abitato. So the ashes of Cola mingled with the granite and lime of the high mountain passes of the Alpi di Luna, with the muds and clays of farms in Umbria, and with the sandy wastes of the Campagna.

Keywords: Rome; Innocent; Clement; Cola di Rienzo; Avignon; power; Apocalypse

Chapter.  18686 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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