Epistolae, the letters of Dante cover

Epistolae, the letters of Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

1. Introduction
2. Epistola I: To the Cardinal Niccolò da Prato, 1304
3. Epistola II: To the Counts Oberto and Guido da Romena, 1304
4. Epistola III: To a Pistoian Exile, circa 1305
5. Epistola IV: To the Marquis Moroello Malaspina, circa 1309
6. Epistola V: To the Princes and Peoples of Italy, September or October 1310
7. Epistola VI: To the Florentines, March 31, 1311
8. Epistola VII: To the Emperor Henry VII, April 17, 1311
9. Epistola VIII: To the Empress Margaret, April 1311
10. Epistola IX: The the Empress Margaret, April or May 1311
11. Epistola X: To the Empress Margaret, May 18, 1311
12. Epistola XI: To the Italian Cardinals, May or June 1314
13. Epistola XII: To a friend in Florence, May 1315
14. Epistola XIII: To Cangrande della Scala, c. 1319

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Summary

This volume contains the thirteen letters of the poet Dante Alighieri translated from their original Latin, including the famous and controversial letter to his patron Cangrande della Scala. The letters provide a good deal of context for the reader of Dante regarding his political and philosophical positions. In the final letter, the authenticity of which has been hotly contested by scholars, the author dedicates the Paradiso to the Veronese Cangrande, explains his Divine Comedy's title (then just Comedy), and discusses much of the work's content.