Cavalcante de' Cavalcanti was one of the Damned which Dante must punish or absolve for "The Damned" achievement/trophy. He was encountered in the circle of Heresy.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Merchant banker of Florence who was denounced as a heretic for his atheist beliefs. He resides with the other Heretics among the fiery tombs."

Background[edit | edit source]

The real-life Cavalcante de' Cavalcanti was a Florentine banker and a member of the Guelph faction (Dante Alighieri's own political alignment). Cavalcanti's son Guido was even a close friend of Dante. However, Cavalcanti lent money at extreme rates during the Crusades, and despite his alliance with the Guelphs he was considered a heretic. He died in the year 1280.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In The Inferno, Dante and Virgil behold and speak with the shade of Cavalcante de Cavalcanti as they travel through the fiery tombs of the sixth circle.
  • The historic Cavalcante de Cavalcanti's son, Guido, was married to the daughter of a fellow damned soul,Farinata degli Uberti. According to the original epic, the burning tombs of Cavalcanti and Farinata are right next to each others'.
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