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 parties.
On October 31, 1301, Charles took possession of Florence in the interest of the Neri.
Dante being still at Rome (January 27, 1302), sentence of exile was pronounced against him and others, with a heavy fine to be paid within two months; if not paid, the entire confiscation of goods, and, whether paid or no, exile; the charge against him being pecuniary malversation in office.
The fine not paid (as it could not be without admitting the justice of the charges, which Dante scorned even to deny), in less than two months (March 10, 1302) a second sentence was registered, by which he with others was condemned to be bur