Illustrations Online Support Dan Brown’s “Inferno.”

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Images posted online today show many of the actual people, places and things mentioned in Dan Brown’s “Inferno” novel, according to Sanford Holst.

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A remarkable collection of illustrations is now available to help readers decipher many of the names, people, places and objects in Dan Brown’s “Inferno” novel, and follow its clues. The images were released on a free website today.

There are no spoilers, and only the information on “Inferno” available to the reading public is used. But the images are surprisingly helpful. The small maps alone are especially valuable for discovering where things are taking place. The detailed drawings of events in Dante’s “Inferno” help bring those exceptionally strange scenes to life.

The color pictures, ink drawings and maps are presented without commentary for the most part, to avoid giving away the story. But the publicly-released prologue and first chapter already indicate a great many people reading the book will glance at the pictures and have an “Aha!” moment, knowing right away how the images fit in.

These illustrations were collected by Sanford Holst, a noted historian familiar with the people, places and events of Dante’s time. His book “Templar Inferno” explored how Knights Templar being burned at the stake inspired Dante to write his “Inferno.” It also followed the real-life Templars who survived those attacks and were forced to live outside the law. They had their revenge on kings and the Vatican for those fallen brothers. Dante did this as well, in his “Inferno.”

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