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The Secret History of Dante

The Secret History of Dante

Unearthing the Real-Life Mysteries of the Inferno

Mark Booth, author of the international bestseller The Secret History of the World, uncovers the real-life stories of Dante and The Inferno.

Why does Dante describe the Inferno as a real place? What secret society did Dante belong to? What was Dante’s connection with the Knights Templar? What was his secret connection to militant Islamic sects? Here you will find hidden codes, passageways under the streets of Florence, mad monks, mind-bending drugs and terrifying underground rituals. Together they contain all the elements of a great thriller–greed, murder, obsessive love, betrayal–and they reveal a 2,000-year-old conspiracy: to rule the world.

Perfect if you want to understand the mysteries that inspired Dan Brown's novel Inferno, or as a standalone initiation to one of the great turning points in occult history.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476753119 | 
  • June 2013
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The Secret History of Dante

Born in Blood

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in the region we know today as Tuscany. We know little about the ancient Etruscan civilization which lent its name to Tuscany because the Etruscans were all but wiped out by the Romans.1 It is known, however, that an Etruscan town once stood on the hill where today Fiesole overlooks Florence. According to legend, it was in 72 b.c., after Julius Caesar had crushed the Etruscans in battle in a lovely valley full of lilies, that the town... see more

About the Author

Mark Booth
Photograph by Rina Gill

Mark Booth

Mark Booth taught philosophy and theology at Oriel College, Oxford, and has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. He is currently the publishing director at Century in London.




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