The Early Lives of Dante


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This recording contains two early biographies of Dante, both written by notable Florentine literati.
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 -1375) was an Italian poet, most famous for his monumental collection of tales, The Decameron. Like Dante, Boccacio was one of the first writers to use the Italian vernacular.
Lionardo Bruni (Aretino) (1369- 1444) was an accredited historian and man of letters. His short biography was inspired by reading the version of Dante's life by Boccaccio, who he considered had mispresented Dante by over-emphasizing the influence of his association with Beatrice.
In his collection Wicksteed also included short articles wrtten by the Florentine banker and diplomat Giovanni Villani (c. 1276 – 1348), his nephew, the historian Filippo Villani (fl. 15th century) and Boccaccio. (Summary by Algy Pug) (3 hr 52 min)

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Preface and introduction 22:32 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Proem 8:13 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Dante’s Birth and Studies 11:50 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - His Love of Beatrice, and his Marriage 20:15 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - His Family Cares, Honours and Exile 8:28 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - His Flight from Florence and his Wanderings 7:28 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - His Death and Funeral Honours 7:31 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Denunciation of the Florentines 13:26 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - His Appearance, Habits and Character 10:16 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Digression concerning Poesy 9:22 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - The difference between Poesy and Theology 9:44 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - The Laurel granted to Poets 4:47 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Dante’s Excellencies and Defects 8:26 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Diverse Works written by Dante 4:38 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante - Incidents that came to pass concerning the Divi… 8:55 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante -Dante's Use of the vernacular 3:38 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante -The De Monarchia and other Works 6:07 Read by Algy Pug
Boccaccio's Encomium on Dante -The Dream of Dante’s Mother. Conclusion 15:25 Read by Algy Pug
Lionardo Bruni - Life of Dante - Part 1 10:57 Read by Algy Pug
Lionardo Bruni - Life of Dante - Part 2 11:55 Read by Algy Pug
Lionardo Bruni - Life of Dante - Part 3 13:04 Read by Algy Pug
Appendix 1 - Extract from Giovanni Villani’s Florentine Chronicle 5:10 Read by Algy Pug
Appendix 2 - Extract from Filippo Villani’s Life of Dante in his De Origine Civ… 3:20 Read by Algy Pug
Appendix 3 - A Document preserved in a MS. of Boccaccio’s 7:29 Read by Algy Pug