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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.