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Restoring Rome

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This chapter concerns the reality of the city of Rome and the practical steps taken by the popes and cardinals to restore it. It discusses the major theological and humanistic themes that were used to justify and further the work of renovation. Martin V's actions mark an important stage in the erosion of the powers of the civic authorities, as they sent a clear message about his plans and expectations for the extent of his authority and control over the very fabric of the city. The cardinals followed the example of Martin V, restoring their titular churches in competition with one another. The debates surrounding the state of the fabric of the city in the fifteenth century echo the conflict of conservation, restoration, and access in modern heritage management. The relationship of the popes and the classical remains of Rome provoked controversy and two papal bulls in the fifteenth century.

Keywords:cardinal; conservation; Martin V; pope; restoration; restoring Rome

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