By John C Davenport
This well-known Italian poet wrote The Divine Comedy, which used to be an imaginary trip via the poet via Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. This paintings is recognized as a masterpiece of worldwide literature.
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There were, indeed, some strong men in Dante’s family. All of Dante’s ancestors, in fact, were renowned for their courage and determination. They had a reputation for standing up for what they believed in. Dante’s ancestors held strong opinions, no matter how much trouble those opinions caused them. Dante followed in their footsteps. Dante’s family history was full of men and women who were willing to fight for their values. They gave themselves over to lives of public service. Dante’s great-grandfather, for example, was an imperial knight.
Alighiero and Bella Alighieri’s son’s name was recorded as Dante Alighieri. A Birth in Florence in Florence’s best neighborhood. In fact, Dante’s childhood home was located in Florence’s fanciest sestiere, or sixth of the city. As his businesses grew, Alighiero Alighieri invested in land. Like other men of that time with a little money, he purchased some tracts of land outside of Florence’s city walls, and rented them to small farmers. Alighiero Alighieri, however, was more honest and fair than the average landlord.
20 Dante was so driven that he chose to study classic literature with one of the most famous writers of the day, Brunetto Latini. Beatrice Portinari and the study of classical literature—Dante had all he needed. His life was comfortable. His mind was challenged and his heart was in love. Everything seemed perfect when, in 1277, Dante’s father stunned the lovesick boy by announcing that a marriage had been planned for him. Alighiero Alighieri and the Donati family, wealthy neighbors, had agreed that Dante, when he 39 Dante 40 was old enough, would marry a Donati daughter named Gemma.