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The Life Of Cola Di Rienzo

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The Life of Cola di Reinzo is an anonymous eye-witness biography of Cola di Rienzo, a romantic visionary who led a popular revolution against the rapacious and tyrannical barons of medieval Rome. It vividly describes Cola's brief, tragic-comic reign as "Tribune" of a "restored Roman republic" in 1347, his subsequent pilgrimage to the imperial court at Prague and the papal ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published 1975 by Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (first published 1358)
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Katie
Cola di Rienzi was of low birth: his father was an innkeeper named Rienzi; his mother, named Matalena, earned her living by washing clothes and carrying water. He was born in the region of Regola; his house was at the riverside, among the mills, on the street leading to the Regola, behind San Tommaso, below the Jews' temple. From his youth he was nourished on the milk of eloquence: a good grammarian, an excellent speaker, and a good scholar. Lord, what a fast reader he was! He was well acquainte ...more
Jesse Shelton
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I can say, without hyperbole, that this is the most fascinating, interesting books I have ever read. It is not the most insightful, nor most eloquent, but it is astoundingly engaging. The story of Cola de Rienzi is astounding, one I had already knew in broad strokes, and I went into the book already on the tribune's side, but what the author reports (it quickly becomes clear that the author is very biased) astounded me. He can go from describing an allegorical painting in glorious detail to repo ...more
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Shelves: nonfiction, history
Fun little first hand history narrative which brings to life the political instabilities of 14th century Italy. It isn't objective and that's the interesting part; the author is sort of a middlebrow with a penchant for storytelling (you should see his hilarious misreading of Aristotle), and you can get a sense of Cola's personality from just how much the storyteller is willing to embellish for his sake.
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