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Cleansing the Temple: Dante, Defender of the Church: Bernardo Lecture Series, No. 20

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Readers of the Commedia are familiar with Dante's severe judgment of contemporary popes. The attacks are explicable as part of Dante's strategy of defending the Church itself, which the poet saw as imperiled by papal avarice and political ambition. From the reference to the biblical punishment of Uzzah for touching the Ark of the Covenant in Epistola XI, urging Italian cardinals at the 1314 conclave to elect a Pope favorable to Rome, we know that Dante anticipated accusations of meddling in Church affairs. And meddle he ...

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Cleansing the Temple: Dante, Defender of the Church: Bernardo Lecture Series, No. 20
2017, Bernardo Lecture Series

ISBN-13: 9781438470849

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