“I was...a good man. A nobleman, a poet - faithful and virtuous. I took my life to protect my pride, and now I am confined to these malevolent woods.” — Pietro Della Vigna
Chancellor to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, he failed to defend the honour of his master. Imprisoned and ruined, he took his own life.
- In The Inferno, as they through the Suicide Woods, Dante and Virgil behold the tree that houses the soul of Pitro della Vigna. He then speaks with Dante, telling the poet his sad tale.