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By Dante Alighieri ; translated with an introduction, notes, and commentary by Mark Musa.

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Now see the monstrous punishment, you there still breathing, looking at the dead, see if you find suffering to equal mine! And that you may report on me up there, know that I am Bertran de Born, the one who evilly encouraged the young king. 49 INTRODUCTION Father and son I set against each other: Achitophel with his wicked instigations did not do more with Absalom and David. Because I cut the bonds of those so joined, I bear my head cut off from its life-source, which is back there, alas, within its trunk.

Early in this book (Chapter 2) he discusses what subjects are worthy of this illustrious language and concludes that only the most elevated subjects arc suitable: war (or prowess of arms), love, and virtue (or direction of the will). He states that the greatest writers using a vulgar tongue wrote only on these three subjects, and cites the Proven<;al poets Bertran de Born, who wrote about war, Arnaut Daniel, whose subject was love, and Guiraut de Bornelh, who treated virtue. Among Italian poets he mentions that Cino da Pistoia wrote about love, and "his friend" about virtue, citing an example of verse from each poet, including one of his own, but he admits that he can find no Italian poet who has written on war.

Florence generally opposed him, but Dante, who attributed the woes of Florence and all of Italy to the absence of imperial guidance, welcomed Henry as a savior. ) However, Henry's invasion proved fruitless; he met opposition from all sides, including the very pope, Clement V, who had sent for him in the first place. Just as the situation for Henry and his supporters began to improve, the emperor died, ncar Siena in 13 13. With him went Dante's best hope of restoring himself to an honorable position in his city.

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