Italian Renaissance Writers : Dante Alighieri

Born 1265, wrote the DIVINE COMEDY 1306-1321, died in 1321. A poet who was among the first to write in Italian language. For a while he participated in the government of the REPUBLIC OF FLORENCE; later was exiled. He was critical of the church; during his lifetime, the papacy moved from Rome to Avignon, beginning the BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY of the church. He hoped for the Emperor to invade Italy with an army and restore order.

Encyclopedic description of the Divine Comedy, from Univ. of Wisconsin
Links to Dante Alighieri from ORB and from Dante Alighieri on the Web
DOCUMENTS Various English translations of Dante's Divine Comedy, from ORB

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Last revised on May 31st 2001