When Dante Alighieri and Charles Martel of Anjou met in Florence and became friends, the year 1294 was unfolding.  Dante was 29 years old, while the young prince, son of the king of Naples, Charles II, and Maria Árpád of Hungary, was 23 years old and was at the time the king of Hungary, even if only in name and not in fact.

The circumstances leading up to the meeting of Charles Martel with Dante are a bit complicated and go back to ten years earlier…

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Visit the web page of Maria Wenczel, who has lent her voice to Francesca da Rimini and read the relevant verses (Hell, V, 88-142) in the translation into Hungarian by Mihály Babits.