ea, combustis et non combustis, posita in populo S. Miniatis de Pagnlao. In the domibus combustis we see the blackened traces of Dante's kinsman by marriage, Corso Donati, who plundered and burnt the houses of the exiled Bianchi, during the occupation of the city by Charles of Valois.
(See De Romanis, notes on Tiraboschi's Life of Dante, in the Florence ed. of 1830, Vol.
V. p. 119.) He is certainly wrong, for the decree is dated December 11, 1316.
Foscolo places it in 1316, Troya early in 1317, and both may be right, as the year began March 25.
Whatever the date of Dante's visit to Voltaire's great Khan
Voltaire's blunder has been made part of a serious theory by Mons. E. Aroux, who gravely assures us that, during the Middle Ages, Tartar was only a cryptonym by which heretics knew each other, and adds: Il n'y a done pas trop à s'etonner des noms bizarres de Mastino et de Cane donnes d ces Della Scala. (Dante, heretique, revolutionnaire, et socialiste, Paris, 1854, pp. 118-120.)