scholars write history is as amazing as it is perplexing.
For example: Count Balbo's Life of Dante was published originally at Turin, in 1839.
In a note (Lib.
I. Cap. X.) he expresses a doubt whether the date of Dante's banishment should not be 1303, and inclines to think it should be. Meanwhile, it seems never to have occurrein quite other guise, in whose view not only was my person debased, but every work of mine, whether done or yet to do, became of less account.
I. Cap. III. By the election of the emperor Henry VII.
(of Luxemburg, November, 1308), and the news of his proposed expedition into Italy, the hopes of Dante were raiseo much that, because we loved her, we suffer exile unjustly, support the shoulders of our judgment rather upon reason than the senses.
De Vulgari Eloquio, Lib. I. Cap. VI.
Cf. Inferno, XV. 61-64, And again, speaking of old age, he says: And the noble soul at this age blesses also the times past, and well may bless them, becau