The Secret History of Dante: Unearthing the Real-Life Mysteries of the Inferno

The Secret History of Dante: Unearthing the Real-Life Mysteries of the Inferno

by Mark Booth
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The Secret History of Dante: Unearthing the Real-Life Mysteries of the Inferno by Mark Booth

Mark Booth, author of the international bestseller The Secret History of the World, uncovers the real-life stories of Dante and The Inferno.

Why does Dante describe the Inferno as a real place? What secret society did Dante belong to? What was Dante’s connection with the Knights Templar? What was his secret connection to militant Islamic sects? Here you will find hidden codes, passageways under the streets of Florence, mad monks, mind-bending drugs and terrifying underground rituals. Together they contain all the elements of a great thriller–greed, murder, obsessive love, betrayal–and they reveal a 2,000-year-old conspiracy: to rule the world.

Perfect if you want to understand the mysteries that inspired Dan Brown's novel Inferno, or as a standalone initiation to one of the great turning points in occult history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476753119
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 469,344
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Mark Booth taught philosophy and theology at Oriel College, Oxford, and has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. He is currently the publishing director at Century in London.

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The Secret History of Dante: Unearthing the Real-Life Mysteries of the Inferno 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Certainly not a fast read. This book provides a great historical backdrop of Dante's period in time. It is concise yet detailed enough to be vivid in style. Obviously from my 5 star rating I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this for a buck. Don't let the super deal dissuade you. If you have any interest in this topic or period in time this is very insightful.
Butchwoyt More than 1 year ago
It discusses Dante, Knights Templar, the Crusades, Dante's banishment from Florence, Dante's concept of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, and the fights of the Pope with Knights Templar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is practically unreadable, it's so bad. I don't know where or how he did his research, but it's just another in the long line of anti-Catholic bashing drivel that passes off for scholarship. I should have known it when they said that Dan Brown was influenced by it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like that of William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri's influence is profound, not only upon literature but also upon history itself. His greatest writings underlie the entire development of renaissance literature. Written in Italian, his work is not as widely known among speakers and readers of the English language. This book is a useful approach to understanding what Dante accomplished, and why it is important to us even today.
chezBrent More than 1 year ago
Dante is mentioned in relation to Beatrice, his unrequited love, during the first few pages of this book. We don't hear about him again until about page 93, and this story ends around p. 112. The remaining pages is a totally different essay on mysticism. There is some info. on Vergil, and a lot about the knights templars but there is no attempt to integrate this information with Dante's story. I'm glad I read Dante's Divine Comedy, but found out more information about Dante from Dan Brown's Inferno than this wispy,unstructured meandering journey.
MJS19 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down because of the fascination of the time period and the religion as it was practiced. Because Dante and his Comedia is mentioned in other novels to know what he may have been thinking when he wrote it will add to the enjoyment of those novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, but slow and disconnected. Expected more content and insight.