The novelties of the month

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12 12, 2013

Dante and Byron

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The great English poet, George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) was a free and troubled spirit who, in the spring of 1819, in the Venice salon of the Countess Benzoni, became acquainted with Teresa Gamba, a young scion of a patrician family from Ravenna.  Teresa was 19 years old and had been married off to Count Alessandro Guiccioli, more than 40 years her senior, also from Ravenna.  A most beautiful love affair started between Lord Byron and Teresa Guiccioli  ... [continued] ------- To read the verses of Francesca [...]

1 12, 2013

Dante and Iceland

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Before Dante’s time, Iceland was an independent state for more than three centuries, but in the 13th century cracks became apparent in the government of the country which brought about a period of serious struggles for power. This prompted the Norwegian King Håkon IV to get involved in the island in 1262, at a time when his very long reign was about to come to an end, imposing on the Icelanders a sort of confederation agreement (theGamli sáttmáli, which in Icelandic means Ancient Pact), which was mainly [...]

17 11, 2013

Dante and Sardinia

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In Dante’s time Sardinia was divided into four autonomous kingdoms called “Giudicati”.  Loguduro and Gallura were in the northern part of the island and Arborea and Cagliari in the south.  In those days the Sardinian Giudicati, which already in the eleventh century had a close alliance with Genoa and Pisa in order to repel the Arab attempts to conquer the island, maintained close ties with the two maritime republics.  Gallura, in particular, from the twelfth century onwards was under the undisputed influence of Pisa and, from the [...]