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Dante in Love

A. N. Wilson

RRP: £9.99

7 August 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879508

RRP: £25.00

1 June 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879485

RRP: £9.49

1 June 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857895813

In Dante in Love, A. N. Wilson presents a glittering study of an artist and his world, arguing that without an understanding of medieval Florence, it is impossible to comprehend the meaning of Dante’s great poem. He explains how the Italian States were at that time locked into violent feuds, mirrored in the ferocious competition between the Holy Roman Empire and the papacy. He explores Dante’s preoccupations with classical mythology, numerology and the great Christian philosophers which inform every line of the Comedy. Dante in Love also lays bare the enigma of the man who never wrote about the mother of his children, yet immortalized the mysterious Beatrice, whom he barely knew.

With a biographer’s eye for detail and a novelist’s comprehension of the creative process, A N Wilson paints a masterful portrait of Dante Alighieri and unlocks one of the seminal works of literature for a new generation of readers.