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The Essential Works of Dante Alighieri: Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise & the Monarchy (De Monarchia) By Dante Alighieri
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The Divine Comedy is composed of 14,233 lines that are divided into three canticas—Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. The poem is written in the first person, and tells of Dante's journey... More > through the three realms of the dead, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory; Beatrice, Dante's ideal woman, guides him through Heaven. Beatrice was a Florentine woman whom he had met in childhood and admired from afar in the mode of the then-fashionable courtly love tradition which is highlighted in Dante's earlier work La Vita Nuova. De Monarchia (pronounced Monàrkia) is a treatise on secular and religious power by Dante Alighieri. With this Latin text, the poet intervened in one of the most controversial subjects of his period: the relationship between secular authority (represented by the Holy Roman Emperor) and religious authority (represented by the Pope).< Less

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