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Dante and Governance

John Woodhouse


This book brings to the most grandiose of Dante's messages in the Divine Comedy critical viewpoints whose originality would, at any time, constitute an important addition to Dante scholarship. However, this book is also notable for an approach which during the course of its composition spontaneously evolved as pragmatic and historical, particularly when seen against much contemporary Dante criticism. It explores Dante's breathtaking ambition to convince Europe's rulers and their subjects to create and embrace a universal peace, guaranteed by the Pope and Holy Roman Emperor, which might afford ... More

Keywords: Dante, Divine Comedy, universal peace, Pope, Holy Roman Emperor, medieval literature, moral responsibility, feminist perceptions, Florentine public life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Woodhouse, editor
University of Oxford