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Chapter 2 - Dante’s Political Polemic

Church and Empire

from Part I - Ethical and Political Manifesto

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2020

George Corbett
Affiliation:
University of St Andrews, Scotland
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This chapter addresses the political dimension of Dante’s ethical thought. Where scholars have tended to emphasise ‘the fundamental difference’ between the ethical–political theories expounded in the Monarchia and the Commedia, this chapter demonstrates their fundamental unity. No less than his Latin prose treatise in three books, Dante’s vernacular poem in three canticles was potent propaganda for the Imperial faction in Italy, and a controversial manifesto for the radical reform of the Roman Church.

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Dante's Christian Ethics
Purgatory and Its Moral Contexts
, pp. 45 - 64
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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