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Poet Christina Rossetti was born in , the youngest child in an extraordinarily gifted family. Her father, the Italian poet and political exile Gabriele Rossetti, immigrated to England in and established a career as a Dante scholar and teacher of Italian in London. He married the half-English, half-Italian Frances Polidori in , and they had four children in quick succession: Maria Francesca in , Gabriel Charles Dante famous under the name Dante Gabriel but always called Gabriel by family members in , William Michael in , and Christina Georgina on 5 December The children received their earliest education, and Maria and Christina all of theirs, from their mother, who had been trained as a governess and was committed to cultivating intellectual excellence in her family. Certainly this ambition was satisfied: Maria was the author of a respected study of Dante, as well as books on religious instruction and Italian grammar and translation; Dante Gabriel distinguished himself as one of the foremost poets and painters of his era; and William was a prolific art and literary critic, editor, and memoirist of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Browning, by a long way; and in artless art, if not in intellectual impulse, is greatly Mrs. Christina was given to tantrums and fractious behavior, and she fought hard to subdue this passionate temper.