From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


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Late in the 13th century, the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri acknowledged the dominance that scholasticism had attained by incorporating the fruits of scholastic philosophy into his monumental vernacular epic, The Divine Comedy. This leaf from the Purgatorio describes the pageant of salvation in the coded language of allegory.

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Dante Alighieri. Purgatorio. Italy (Florence), fourteenth century.
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Medieval Music
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