by Dante Alighieri
Beatrice Portinari Timeline and Summary
- Beatrice explains the order of the universe to Dante as they're ascending to the First Heaven.
- He and Beatrice arrive in the First Heaven: sphere of the Moon.
- Beatrice vigorously corrects Dante for his incorrect explanation of moon-spots.
- She explains the true place of the blessed souls and vows in terms of absolute and contingent will.
- Dante and Beatrice arrive in the Second Heaven: sphere of Mercury.
- Beatrice explains the Divine Justice of the Crucifixion and the destruction of Jerusalem.
- They arrive in the Third Heaven: sphere of Venus.
- They arrive in the Fourth Heaven: sphere of the Sun.
- A crown of souls surrounds him and Beatrice.
- She asks King Solomon to teach Dante about the light of the souls.
- He and Beatrice arrive in the Fifth Heaven: sphere of Mars.
- Beatrice smiles at Dante's foolish pride over his bloodline.
- She dazzles Dante with her gaze.
- He and Beatrice arrive in the Sixth Heaven: sphere of Jupiter.
- He and Beatrice arrive in the Seventh Heaven: sphere of Saturn.
- Beatrice explains why Dante fainted at the spirits' outcry.
- She urges Dante to look down on the Earth.
- They ascend to the Eighth Heaven: sphere of the Fixed Stars.
- Beatrice awaits the coming of Christ in the East.
- They witness the coronation of Mary and the re-ascension of Christ and Mary.
- Beatrice asks St. Peter to examine Dante on faith.
- She asks St. James to examine Dante on hope.
- After St. John's examination on charity, Beatrice restores Dante's sight.
- He and Beatrice arrive in the Ninth Heaven: the Primum Mobile.
- Beatrice rants against the world's straying from God's path and prophecies its redemption.
- Dante witnesses the model of the nine Angelic Intelligences and Beatrice explains its relation to the material universe to him.
- Beatrice tells Dante the Creation story.
- They arrive in the Tenth Heaven: the Empyrean.
- Beatrice shows Dante the seat reserved for Henry VIII in the Celestial Rose.
- Beatrice disappears, much to Dante's chagrin, and St. Bernard's replaces her.
- Dante sends a prayer of thanks up to Beatrice in her seat.
- Beatrice joins in St. Bernard's prayer to Mary on Dante's behalf.