ediately after the death of Henry, to Guido da Polenta
A mistake, for Guido did not become lord of Ravenna till several years later.
But Boccaccio also assigns 1313 as the date of Dante's withdrawal to that city, and his first protector may have been one of the other Polentani to whom Guido (surnamed Novello, or the Younger; his grandfather having borne the same name) succeeded. at Ravenna, and makes him join Can Grande only after the latter became captain of the Ghibelline league in December, 1318.
In 1316 the government of Florence set forth a new decree allowing the exiles to return on conditions of fine and penance.
Dante rejected the offer (by accepting which his guilt would have been admitted), in a letter still hot, after these five centuries, with indignant scorn.
Is this then the glorious return of Dante Alighieri to his country after nearly three lustres of suffering and exile?
Did an innocence, patent to all, merit this?— this, the perpetual sweat and toil of study?