te friend the poet Guido Cavalcanti among the Bianchi.
They were all permitted to return before long (but after Dante's term of office was over), and came accordingly, bringing at least the Scriptural allowance of seven other motives of mischief with them.
Affairs getting worse (1301), the Neri, with the connivance of the pope (Boniface VIII.), entered into an arrangement with Charles of Valois, who was preparing an expedition to Italy.
Dante was meanwhile sent on an embassy to Rome (September, 1301, according to Arrivabene,
Secolo di Dante, p. 654. He would seem to have been in Rome during the Jubilee of 1300.
See Inferno, XVIII. 28-33. but probably earlier) by the Bianchi, who still retained all the offices at Florence.
It is the tradition that he said in setting forth: If I go, who remains?
and if I stay, who goes Whether true or not, the story implies what was certainly true, that the council and influence of Dante were of great weight with the more moderate of both parti