Rome before Avignon: a social history of thirteenth-century Rome
Robert Brentano evokes papal Rome in all its paradox and complicated brilliance. From a detailed re-creation of the physical "town" with its series of brick "campanili" and green and purple mosaic floors, to the intrigues of the great families, like the Orsini and Colonna, the reader is guided through complex and fascinating culture. Brentano's skill lies in his ability to combine the story of the vaulting ambition of the great families, only mildly tempered by their very real religious piety, with a vivid reconstruction of everyday life in postclassical Rome.
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Review: Rome before Avignon: A Social History of Thirteenth-Century RomeUser Review - Goodreads
Marvelous stories in here. Brentano is a quirky writer, with a love of detail combined with a fondness for broad generalizations. This can be frustrating for the serious researcher; it can also be ...
Review: Rome before Avignon: A Social History of Thirteenth-Century RomeUser Review - Katie - Goodreads
A very vivid account of 13th century Rome. Brentano uses property transactions and surviving wills (along with an intimate knowledge of the city itself) to explore the political, social, and religious ... Read full review