• Malcolm Andrew
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(d. 1289) Italian nobleman, Ugolino da Pisa (Ugolino della Gherardesca). The story of the death by starvation of Ugolino (‘the Erl Hugelyn of Pyze’) and his young children, based on *Dante’s Inferno (33), is related as one of the Monk’s ‘tragedies’ (MkT VII.2407ff./B2.3597ff.). Chaucer represents Ugolino as the victim of arbitrary misfortune — in the form of false accusations, made by Roger, Bishop of Pisa (Archbishop Ruggieri in Dante).

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