A handwritten manuscript by Dante Alighieri was discovered

“A handwritten manuscript by Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, Italy’s “national poet” and father of modern Italian, was discovered by a nun. Dante was born in Florence in 1265 and was instrumental in establishing Italian literature, but no one has seen his handwriting for centuries. This new discovery was made by a Florence-based researcher who has become a nun and claims to have stumbled upon the work hidden in two libraries. They date from his student days in Florence when he was copying works on the art of government and have been found in both Florence and the Vatican. Julia Bolton Holloway taught Medieval Studies at Princeton University in New Jersey before becoming a nun and running the English cemetery in Florence. She said the script was “schoolboy-like” but in excellent Tuscan, which provides the blueprint for Italian and covers ideas that crop up in the Divine Comedy.”


Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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