This is the first new translation for forty years of a fascinating work of political theory, until now only available in academic libraries. Dante’s Monarchy addresses the fundamental question of what form of political organization best suits human nature; it embodies a political vision of startling originality and power, and illuminates the intellectual interests and achievements of one of the world’s great poets. Prue Shaw’s translation is accompanied by a full introduction and notes, which provide a complete guide to the text, and which place Monarchy in the context of Dante’s life and work.

• First new English translation for 40 years of an important minor work by one of the world’s great poets • Introduction, notes etc provide everything necessary to understand a text which is sometimes obscure in the original Latin • features a chronology and bibliographical notes which make it more accessible to students and lay people


Introduction, Bibliographical note etc; Monarchia Books I, II, III; notes, tables, index.