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Bonagiunta Orbicciani

July 14th, 2018

When Dante was 12 years old, became engaged to Gemma, daughter of Messer Manetto Donati, with whom he later married, in 1291. Negotiated marriages at ages as early were then frequent and constituted an important ceremony, requiring official acts signed before a notary. Dante had several sons with Gemma. As usual, some people call themselves natural children of someone famous, as did Dante, and it is likely that Jacopo, Pietro and Antonia were his real children. Antonia became a nun with the name of Sister Beatrice a It indicates that they were educated at home and studied poetry Guittone Tuscany Arezzo and Bonagiunta Orbicciani. In this time, the Sicilian School (Scuola poetica siciliana), a cultural group from Sicily, captivated Dante.

Their interests led him to know minstrels of Provence and the Latin culture. It also became clear his devotion to Virgil. He also studied the vernacular Italian, Latin (French language of the era), Provencal, and actually inserted some verses in this language in Purgatory. It should be noted that in the Middle Ages the fall of the Roman Empire left a dozen small states, so Sicily was culturally and politically distant from Tuscany, as she was in Provence: the regions did not share the same language nor the same culture and the media were difficult. When I was 9 years found Beatrice Portinari, daughter of Folco Portinari, the love which comes first vistau, and apparently without even having spoken. a l saw her frequently after age 18, often exchanging greetings in the street, but never know it well a "he effectively suggested the example for love of course polite.


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