Jonathan Black proves himself deft at weaving together the history of esoteric initiation and its kindred sciences to the exoteric, tangible results in culture these have brought about; the Divine Comedy, of course, being one of them. The history of the related groups and their activity, such as the Knights Templar, prove fascinating and illuminating. Black covers a wide scope of subjects and cultures in an engaging and informing style. The illustrations give further substance to the narrative. The great mysteries of life such as true love are given serious thought within the book, with intriguing results. The articulation of abstract ideas such as the work of angels are also given body and substance.
The Secret history of Dante appears to have been well researched. Despite dealing with matters that are difficult to prove or expand upon; being taken from concealed traditions that are more often than not passed on orally, the secret history is well stocked with references for further reading. This should prove valuable, for Black's work on Dante contains a wide width and breadth of knowledge on subjects as diverse as poetry, history, culture, to esoteric knowledge.
Well recommended for students of Dante, as well as those of "The Secret History of the World."