In Purgatorio, the second part of his Divine Comedy, Dante recounts the next stage of his imaginary pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian after-life: Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. As in the arduous trials of the journey through Hell in Inferno, Virgil remains Dante’s guide, for there is much still for Dante to learn in his quest for spiritual self-knowledge. There is, moreover, still much hardship to be endured in this place where repentant sinners, inspired with hope of salvation, endure penance for their remaining sinful tendencies, but not punishment. Like his Hell, Dante’s Island of Purgatory is a carefully structured world that reflects both enduring spiritual truth and the social and political realities of Dante’s own mediaeval Italian world. Whether or not you toiled through the extremes of Inferno, join us now on this still demanding (Purgatory is a steep mountain, after all), but more hopeful, stage of Dante’s poetically imaginative journey that is rich in biblical, classical and historical allusion. The journey continues . . . Book available from presenter for approximately $16.