Dante Alighieri

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Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) was born in Florence, Italy and wrote many works including The Divine Comedy. Dante was one of the last great medieval scholars, preceding the age of the Renaissance.

He spent much of his later life in political exile. Although he was a White Guelf at a time of ascendancy for Black Guelfs, he may have been allowed to return to Florence if not for his stubborness and acerbic tongue.