actical, if not theoretic, Ghibellinism), and shared in their attempts to reinstate themselves by force of arms.
He was one of their council of twelve, but withdrew from it on account of the unwisdom of their measures.
Whether he was present at their futile assault on Florence (July 22, 1304) is doubtful, but probably he was not. From the Ottimo Comento, written at least in part
See Witte, Quando e da chi sia composto la Ottimo Comento, etc. (Leipsic, 1847). by a contemporary as early as 1333, we learn that Dante soon separated himself from his companions in misfortune with mutual discontents and recriminations.
Ott. Corn. Parad. XVII. During the nineteen years of Dante's exile, it would be hard to say where he was not. In certain districts of Northern Italy there is scarce a village that has not its tradition of him, its sedia, rocca, spelonca, or torre di Dante; and what between the patriotic complaisance of some biographers overwilling to gratify as many provincial vanities