the sun and stars?
speculate on sweetest truths under any sky without first giving myself up inglorious, nay, ignominious, to the populace and city of Florence?
Nor shall I want for bread.
Dionisi puts the date of this letter in 1315.
Under this date (1315) a 4th condemnatio against Dante is mentioned facta in anno 1316 de mense Octobris per D. Rainerium, D. Zachario de Urbeveteri, olim et tunc vicarium regium civitatis Florentioe, etc. It is found recited in the decree under which in 1342 Jacopo di Dante redeemed a portion of his father's property, to wit: Una possession cum vinea et cum domibus super 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.