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Dante and Francesca da Rimini: Realpolitik, Romance, Gender

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227037
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0015
Dante and Francesca da Rimini: Realpolitik, Romance, Gender

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The key fact of Francesca da Rimini's life is a dynastic-political fact: Francesca was born into a family that aspired to dominion over Ravenna (and achieved it, in 1275); she married into a family that aspired to dominion over Rimini (they, too, succeeded, twenty years later, in 1295). According to the accounts that accreted around the spare nucleus in Inferno 5, Francesca entered into an adulterous love affair with Paolo Malatesta, third son of Malatesta da Verucchio, known as Paolo il Bello; she and Paolo were killed by Gianciotto, most likely between 1283 and 1286. The date of death must be inferred circumstantially, like every other event of Francesca's unrecorded life.

Keywords: Francesca da Rimini; Ravenna; Rimini; Paolo Malatesta; Gianciotto

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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