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Divine Comedy, Cary's Translation, Complete eBook

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v. 76.  From thence I came.] Giacopo del Cassero, a citizen of Fano who having spoken ill of Azzo da Este, Marquis of Ferrara, was by his orders put to death.  Giacopo, was overtaken by the assassins at Oriaco a place near the Brenta, from whence, if he had fled towards Mira, higher up on that river, instead of making for the marsh on the sea shore, he might have escaped.

v. 75.  Antenor’s land.] The city of Padua, said to be founded by Antenor.

v. 87.  Of Montefeltro I.] Buonconte (son of Guido da Montefeltro, whom we have had in the twenty-seventh Canto of Hell) fell in the battle of Campaldino (1289), fighting on the side of the Aretini.

v. 88.  Giovanna.] Either the wife, or kinswoman, of Buonconte.

v. 91.  The hermit’s seat.] The hermitage of Camaldoli.

v. 95.  Where its name is cancel’d.] That is, between Bibbiena and Poppi, where the Archiano falls into the Arno.

v. 115.  From Pratomagno to the mountain range.] From Pratomagno now called Prato Vecchio (which divides the Valdarno from Casentino) as far as to the Apennine.

v. 131.  Pia.] She is said to have been a Siennese lady, of the family of Tolommei, secretly made away with by her husband, Nello della Pietra, of the same city, in Maremma, where he had some possessions.

CANTO VI

v. 14.  Of Arezzo him.] Benincasa of Arezzo, eminent for his skill in jurisprudence, who, having condemned to death Turrino da Turrita brother of Ghino di Tacco, for his robberies in Maremma, was murdered by Ghino, in an apartment of his own house, in the presence of many witnesses.  Ghino was not only suffered to escape in safety, but (as the commentators inform us) obtained so high a reputation by the liberality with which he was accustomed to dispense the fruits of his plunder, and treated those who fell into his hands with so much courtesy, that he was afterwards invited to Rome, and knighted by Boniface viii.  A story is told of him by Boccaccio, G. x.  N. 2.

v. 15.  Him beside.] Ciacco de’ Tariatti of Arezzo.  He is said to have been carried by his horse into the Arno, and there drowned, while he was in pursuit of certain of his enemies.

v. 17.  Frederic Novello.] Son of the Conte Guido da Battifolle, and slain by one of the family of Bostoli.

v. 18.  Of Pisa he.] Farinata de’ Scornigiani of Pisa.  His father Marzuco, who had entered the order of the Frati Minori, so entirely overcame the feelings of resentment, that he even kissed the hands of the slayer of his son, and, as he was following the funeral, exhorted his kinsmen to reconciliation.

v. 20.  Count 0rso.] Son of Napoleone da Cerbaia, slain by Alberto da Mangona, his uncle.

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