The World of Dante

Dante lived during the 13th and 14th century in Florence, Italy. This time period marked a time of power for the city-state, blessed with expanding trade, immigration, and general wealth. However, with such economic strength came political corruption. The government was entangled in a feud that pitted the old established moneyed nobility against the newly moneyed (heads of guilds and merchants).  In the end, the new money won out, taking control of the government while leaving the old upper class to the wayside and outside of the political system. Dante's view on this manner of doing this is shown through La Commedia as he criticizes multiple European leaders as well as the Pope of his day who involved himself in political affairs and corruption.

What components of his environment inspired La Commedia?