Translated by H F Cary, this Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive introduction by Claire Honess Dante Alighieri is one of the most important and innovative figures of the European Middle Ages Writing his Comedy the epithet Divine was added by later admirers in exile from his native Florence, he aimed to address a world gone astray both morally and politically At the same time, he sought to push back the restrictive rules which traditionally governed writing in the Italian vernacular, to produce a radically new and all encompassing work The Comedy tells of the journey of a character who is at one and the same time both Dante himself and Everyman through the three realms of the Christian afterlife Hell, Purgatory and Heaven He presents a vision of the afterlife which is strikingly original in its conception, with a complex architecture and a coherent structure On this journey Dante s protagonist and his reader meet characters who are variously noble, grotesque, beguiling, fearful, ridiculous, admirable, horrific and tender, and through them he is shown the consequences of sin, repentance and virtue, as he learns to avoid Hell and, through cleansing in Purgatory, to taste the joys of Heaven Sorry I found this one complex and difficult eventually abandoning my reading perhaps to a later date. Great quality copy of the book however I preferred to listen to Dante s poem rather than read it which I found challenging. Great price for such a classic piece of world literature.I literally bought it just to have it in my bookcase.The English used is quite complex and slightly dated but that s not the biggest of problems when you have a somewhat literary background I m a first year English linguistics student at university and I managed to understand most of it Dante s depiction of 7 circles of Hell Although I found it hard to read at times, partly because English is not my mother s tongue, I was fascinated by Dante s vision of the afterlife Superb.