(of Luxemburg, November, 1308), and the news of his proposed expedition into Italy, the hopes of Dante were raised to the highest pitch.
Henry entered Italy, October, 1310, and received the iron crown of Lombardy at Milan, on the day of Epiphany, 1311.
His movements being slow, and his policy undecided, Dante addressed him that famous letter, urging him to crush first the Hydra and Myrrha Florence, as the root of all the evils of Italy (April 16, 1311). To this year we must probably assign thenteresting to know what was the precise date of Dante's theological studies.
The earlier commentators all make him go to Paris, the great fountain of such learning, after his banishment.
Boccaccio indeed says that he did not return to Italy till 1311.
Wegele (Dante's Leben und Werke, p. 85) puts the date of his journey between 1292 and 1297.
Ozanam, with a pathos comicallytouchingto the academic soul, laments that poverty compelled him to leave the university without the degree he had so jus