297 and 1300 there is found inscribed in the book of the physicians and apothecaries, Dante d'aldighiero, degli Aldighieri, poeta Fiorentino.
Balbo, Vita di Dante, Firenze, 1853, p. 117. Professor de Vericour
Life and Times of Dante, London, 1858, p. 80. thinks it necessary to apologize for this lapse on the part of thepoet, and gravely bids us take courage, nor think that Dante was ever an apothecary.
In 1300 we find him elected one of the priors of the city.
In order to a perfect misunsing, returns to better fields, and happier, returned to his Maker, I, Dante, exiled from the regions of fatherland, I am laid here, I, to whom Florence gave birth, a mother who experienced but a feeble love.
(The Life and Times of Dante, London, 1858, p. 208.) If these be not the words of Dante, what is internal evidence worth?
The indomitably self-reliant man, loyal first of all to his most unpopular convictions (his very host, Guido, being a Guelph), puts his Ghibellinism (ura monarchice) i