The Consolation of Beatrice and Dante’s Dream of the Siren as Vilification Cure

  • Olivia Holmes
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter explores Dante’s use, in the Divina Commedia, of the Boethian pattern of a noble lady expelling meretricious rivals, and Beatrice’s implicitly therapeutic role in the poem.


False Image Cardinal Virtue Divine Comedy Courtly Love Vilification Cure 
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