Dante in Love

A. N. Wilson

RRP: £9.99

7 August 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879508

RRP: £14.99

1 September 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879492

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.


Achieves for Dante and Florence what Peter Ackroyd accomplished for Shakespeare and London. Intelligent, personal and suffused with a lifetime's reading and experience, it guides us through 'the boldest work in Western literature'.Nicholas Shakespeare
Daily Telegraph

This is biography done by a novelist at the height of his powers. Wilson moves seamlessly between Dante's life, his poems and the historical context... He has written a loving book that is worthy of the divine poet of love.Jonathan Bate
Sunday Telegraph Magazine

A rich and nuanced life... Wilson is an excellent 21st-century Virgil for anyone who has ever lost their way in Dante's dark wood, or has yet to venture in.Sara Bakewell
Sunday Times

Rich in both biographical detail and political history... A thoroughly readable, illuminating history.Fiona Sampson