Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno

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Major Events in Dante's Life
1265Dante born under the sign of Gemini (late May—early June) in Florence
1270–75Death of Dante's mother (Bella)
1274First sight of Beatrice (who was born in 1266)
1281–83Death of Alighiero, Dante's father
1283Second recorded encounter with Beatrice
1285Marriage to Gemma Donati, with whom he has three (perhaps four) children
1289Present at the battle of Campaldino (as a horse soldier) and siege of Caprona
1290June: death of Beatrice
1291–94Studies in Florence with Dominicans (Santa Maria Novella) and Franciscans (Santa Croce)
1293–94Writes the Vita nuova
1294Meets Charles Martel, king of Hungary and heir to the Kingdom of Naples
1295–97Enrolls in the guild of physicians and apothecaries. This allows him to enter Florentine political life, first as a member of the “Council of Thirty-Six” (which assists the capitano del popolo) and then as a member of the “Council of One Hundred” (charged with financial administration)
1300Pope Boniface VIII proclaims Jubilee year. May: Florentine Guelphs splinter into “black” and “white” factions. June 15: Dante, a white Guelph, elected to the Council of Priors for a term of two months. (Easter week 1300 is the fictional date of the journey described in the Divine Comedy)
1301October: travels to Rome as part of Florentine embassy to Boniface. November: detained as Charles of Valois (at Boniface's behest) enters Florence and allows black Guelphs to overthrow whites and sack the city
1302January 27: sentenced to exile from Florence for two years and fined five thousand florins. March 10: permanently banned from Florentine territory under pain of death by fire

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Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Welcome to Danteworlds 1
  • Major Events in Dante's Life 9
  • Dark Wood - Inferno 1–2 13
  • Periphery of Hell: Cowardice - Inferno 3 21
  • Circle 1: Limbo - Inferno 4 25
  • Circle 2: Lust - Inferno 5 33
  • Circle 3: Gluttony - Inferno 6 39
  • Circle 4: Avarice & Prodigality - Inferno 7 45
  • Circle 5: Wrath + Sullenness - Inferno 7–9 49
  • Circle 6: Heresy - Inferno 9–11 57
  • Circle 7: Violence - Inferno 12–17 65
  • Circle 8, Pouches 1–6: Fraud - Inferno 18–23 83
  • Circle 8, Pouches 7–10: Fraud - Inferno 24–30 99
  • Circle 9: Treachery - Inferno 31–34 121
  • Changing Values? 135
  • Acknowledgments 137
  • Note on Texts and Translations 139
  • Bibliography 141
  • Index 149
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