changed the tragedy of his exile, written three times,
even his death sentence in the massive Libro
del Chiodo, where Corso Donati has the White Guelfs
banished from Florence, then kept in Florence's Bargello,
to his Christian Commedia.
Chaucer's supposedly Christian Monk, who should be for the
Comedy of Redemption in time before death, instead wanders
apart from his cell, rides a forbidden horse, hunts, and
dwells on and tells obsessively of Tragedies, only reading
Dante's Inferno, not his Purgatorio or Paradiso.
Chaucer is joking, but also, as a Lollard, speaking to the
need for the Church to be Christian, not pagan.
Much of this research is based on my 1974 Berkeley doctoral dissertation, which went into three editions as a published book, The Pilgrim and the Book: A Study of Dante, Langland and Chaucer, https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/08204209051992, its Dante sections also published in an Italian edition in De strata francigena XX/1, 2012.
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