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From the Publisher"Readers of Dante, historians of Franciscanism, and students and scholars of medieval Italian culture in the broadest sense will all find that this book has much to offer."
-S. Botterill, University of California, Berkeley, CHOICE
"...not only timely but also timeless. [A] thorough and satisfying study.... meticulous research ... marvelous writing style ... essential reading not only for Dante scholars but also for scholars of medieval religion, politics and culture."
"Havely has shown convincingly how pervasive the influence of the literature surrounding these controversies is on teh Commedia and how essential for an understanding of the poem's recurrent concern with papal power and evangelical poetry. One of the book's most original assertionsi s that the authority of evangelical poverty is closely intertwined with the authority of prophecy and hence with Dante's concern with teh authority of his own poetic voice."- Penn Szittya, Georgetown University