illustriousness


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Ascoli also astutely demonstrates that by adopting the role of disinterested, third-person commentator, Dante sidesteps the suspicion that he does not owe his authority to the illustriousness of his vernacular, as he claims, but has generated its status to substantiate his own.
But still the noble (if not noble-minded) pretensions of Virginia's first men contributed to the making of a tenuous illustriousness.