Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande and its Two Authors


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

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Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Dante’s Epistle to Cangrande and its Two Authors

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This chapter discusses a new interpretation of an epistle to Cangrande della Scala, a lord of Verona. For over a century, the question of whether Dante wrote the epistle or not has been the object of a passionate scholarly debate. The new interpretation of the epistle presented in the chapter focuses on the role played by Giovanni Boccaccio in promoting the literary cult of Dante.

Keywords: epistle; Cangrande della Scala; scholarly debate; authorship of the epistle; new interpretation; literary cult; Dante; Giovanni Boccaccio; Epistle to Cangrande

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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