Dante, Studien, etc., 1855, p. 144. It in some respects resembled more the constitution of the Netherlands under the supreme stadtholder, but parallels between ideal and actual institutions are always unsatisfactory.
Compare also Spinoza, Tractat.
polit., Cap. VI.
The second book is very curious.
In it Dante endeavors to demonstrate the divine right of the Roman Empire to universal sovereignty.
One of his arguments is, that Christ consented to be born under the reign of Af Saxony (a Catholic) says that Dante did not overstep the limits of orthodoxy, it was on account of this part of the book that it was condemned as heretical.
It is instructive to compare Dante's political treatise with those of Aristotle and Spinoza.
We thus see more clearly the limitations of the age in which he lived, and this may help us to a broader view of him as poet.
Next follows the treatise De Vulgari Eloquio. Though we have doubts whether we possess this book as Dante wrote i