I was trying to find the reference point within the Divine Comedy which places the beginning of Dante’s journey as Good Friday. The Princeton Dante Project has this to say in the notes:
As the text will later make clear ([Inf XXI 112-114]), we are observing the 1266th anniversary of Good Friday (which fell on 8 April in 1300, even if Dante pretty clearly also indicates 25 March as the supposed date of the beginning of the journey [see C.Inf.I.1]). This would indicate that the poem actually begins on Thursday evening, the 1266th anniversary of Maundy Thursday, when the Apostles slept while Christ watched in the garden, and then even when He called to them to rise. That this moment is recalled here seems likely: Dante, too, is ‘asleep’ to Christ in his descent into sin.
Yet I checked with Inf XXI 112-114, which states this:
112 Ier, pi? oltre cinqu’ ore che quest’ otta, ‘Yesterday, at a time five hours from now, 113 mille dugento con sessanta sei it was a thousand two hundred sixty-six years 114 anni compi? che qui la via fu rotta. since the road down here was broken.
How, exactly, does this mean Good Friday? “Since the road down here was broken” is key, I’m sure, and adding the 1266 years to the 33 years of Christ’s life brings us to the year 1300. I guess what I’m not clear about is the first part “Yesterday, at a time five hours from now”. Anyone know?