Ugolino della Gherardesca


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, d. 1289, Italian nobleman. A leader of the Guelph, or pro-papal, faction in predominantly Ghibelline (pro-imperial) Pisa, he was made podesta [chief magistrate] of Pisa in 1284 to negotiate a peace with Pisa's Guelph enemies.
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Ugolino della Gherardesca

(o͞ogōlē`nō dĕl`lä gārärdā`skä), d. 1289, Italian nobleman. A leader of the Guelph, or pro-papal, faction in predominantly Ghibelline (pro-imperial) Pisa, he was made podesta [chief magistrate] of Pisa in 1284 to negotiate a peace with Pisa's Guelph enemies. His attempts to consolidate his power in Pisa, which was anti-Guelph, failed, and he fell victim to a conspiracy. Ugolino was arrested for treason and shut in a tower to starve to death with his sons and grandsons. Dante relates the episode in the Inferno.
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A Ugolino della Gherardesca e a Nino Visconti (salvo in Purg.
Non si vuole certo insinuare, con queste riflessioni, che i reali motivi di Dante per scegliere come protagonisti della sua Commedia personaggi come Cavalcante dei Cavalcanti, Loderingo degli Andalo, Catalano Malavolti, Ugolino della Gherardesca, Nino Visconti o Corso Donati siano in realta altri da quelli identificati da secoli di esegesi.
In the great days of Pisan independence, it was the political heart of the city, and at one entrance stood the famous Torre di Fame where (in the late 13th century) Ugolino della Gherardesca was starved to death along with his sons and grandsons.