Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Dante and the Church: Literary and Historical Essays

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Dante and the Church: Literary and Historical Essays

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Dante and the Church; Literary and Historical Essays, ed. Paolo Acquaviva and Jennifer Pétrie (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007). 224pp. ISBN 978-1-84682-026-7. £50.00. This volume of seven essays, comprising lectures delivered as part of the Dante Series, University College Dublin, 2001-2, explores the role of the Church and some of its leading figures and movements within Dante's writing. Boniface VIII and the Franciscans in particular receive a great deal of mostly complementary (but occasionally overlapping) attention throughout the book. Gary Dickson and Jennifer Pétrie focus on Boniface in relation to the Jubilee of 1300 and Jacopone da Todi respectively, and George Holmes's account of Dante's changing attitudes towards the Franciscans is particularly compelling. So too is Matthew Kempshall's detailed philosophical analysis of the integrity of the Monarchia, and its illustration of Dante's understanding of the relationship between ecclesiology and political thought. …

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