, and 1265 is now universally assumed as the true date.
Dict. Phil., art. Dante. nevertheless, places the poet's birth in 1260, and jauntily forgives Bayle (who, he says, écrivait à Rotterdam currente calamo pour son libraire) for having been right, declaring that he esteems him neither more nor less for having made aears on the next page in saying that Dante died at the age of 56, though he still more oddly omits the undisputed date of his death (1321), which would have shown Bayle to be right.
The poet's descent is said to have been derived from a younger son of the great Roman family of the Frangipani, classed by the popular rhyme with thes biographers have tried to make out, is plain from this sentence, where his name appears low on the list and with no ornamental prefix, after half a dozen domini. Bayle, however, is equally wrong in supposing his family to have been obscure. From this time the life of Dante becomes semi-mythical, and for nearly every date we are