|In her fascinating，philosophical biography，world-renowned religious thinker Karen Armstrong analyzes the Buddha not only as an archetypal religious myth, but also as a man. As Armstrong concedes, to write such a life is, in some ways, an "unbuddhist" endeavor as Buddhist scriptures teach an ideal existence that transcends personality & does not revere any authority. However，with this caveat，he gives a fascinating portrait of what it was that made this young man pursue a life of spirituality，become incredibly influential during his own time，& still live today as a continuing religious significance.
Dante traces the life and complex development-emotional，artistic，philosophical-of this supreme poet-historian，from his wanderings through Tuscan hills and splendid churches to his days as a young soldier fighting for democracy and to his civic leadership and years of embittered exile from the city that would fiercely reclaim him a century later.
Lewis reveals the boy who first encounters the mythic Beatrice，the lyric poet obsessed with love and death, and the grand master of dramatic narrative and allegory，as well as his monumental search for ultimate truth in The Divine Comedy. It is in the masterpiece of self-discovery and redemption that Lewis finds Dante's autobiography-and the sum of all his shifting passions and epiphanies.