1313 - 1354
Italian Revolutionary

Cola di Rienzi made himself popular Tribune of Rome (1347) after a revolt of a republican movement which unsuccessfully tried to restore Roman greatness at a time of the city's decadence.

The Roman nobles rose against Rienzi, the Pope denounced him a criminal and heretic and he was forced to resign. Under a new Pope Rienzi made a brief return to power but was killed and burned after an uprising.

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