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Description - Dante and the Franciscans by Nick Havely

Nicholas Havely examines the connections between Dante, the Franciscans and the Papacy as they appear in the Commedia, and presents the poem as one concerned with an often dramatic confrontation between authority and idealism in the church. Havely draws on a wide range of literary, historical and art historical sources relating to the controversy about Franciscan poverty during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. He argues that the Spiritual Franciscans' strict interpretations of evangelical poverty provided the poet with a means of addressing the state of the contemporary Papacy and of imagining the renewal of the church. He also explores the origins and afterlife of the debate about this form of poverty and Dante's contribution to it. This study will appeal to scholars interested in medieval religious and intellectual history, as well as to readers of Dante's poem and other medieval visionary and political writing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521833059
ISBN-10: 0521833051
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nick Havely

Nicholas Havely is senior lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. He is the translator of Chaucer's Boccaccio (1980, 1992); editor of The House of Fame (1994), Chaucer's Dream Poetry (1997) and Dante's Modern Afterlife (1998); and author of numerous articles on Italian and English medieval literature, including the chapter on 'Literature in Italian, French and English' in volume VI of The New Cambridge Medieval History (2000).

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