First, he wrote in the age that we call Medieval, so is a Medieval writer. His work is considered better than others', so was different in that regard. I think he also, in his way, advocated that spirituality and politics might not be dependent on the pope, the head of the only Christian church. Throughout the middle ages, the pope had claimed and been given authority over all things political and spiritual. Dante's idea was rather revolutionary (although he was not advocating armed revolt against anyone). But don't take my word for it. Read the bio and make up your own mind.
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