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The 'Paradiso': Part 2 (Cantos 7-11)


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The 'Paradiso' of Dante Alighieri
The third cantica of the Divine Comedy, translated into English triple rhyme by Laurence Binyon
A reading in six parts
Produced by Peter Duval Smith

Part 2 (Cantos 7-11): After Beatrice has resolved some of the difficulties in Dante's thought concerning the Divine Order, they ascend together into the Heaven of Venus, where are the souls of those whose mortal love was marred by wantonness; Dante is recognised by Charles Martel, King of Hungary; he then speaks with Cunizza da Romano, a famous amorist, and with the troubadour Folquet, who eventually became a bishop; Dante and Beatrice are borne aloft to the Heaven of the Sun, where they meet the souls of those who sought wisdom on earth; one of these, Thomas Aquinas, names the others, and then tells Dante the story of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.


Author: Dante Alighieri
Translated by: Laurence Binyon
Producer: Peter Duval Smith
Justinian: Deryck Guyler
Dante: Marius Goring
Beatrice: Siobhan McKenna
Charles Martel: Denholm Elliott
Cunizza da Romano: Grizelda Hervey
Folquet: Richard Hurndall
St Thomas Aquinas: Robert Bernal

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