The profession you have chosen was not entirely inapt, books were sold in the shops of Apothecaries. As a politician, he managed a bit of importance Wikipedia gives us, the date of his birth is not known with precision, is usually placed between May 21 and June 21, 1265. It could have been baptized with the name of During in the baptistery of Florence, and Dante could be the hipocoristica version of the name. His family was a great Florentine family whose real name is Alaghieri, favourable to the Guelph party. His father, Alighiero de Bellincione, was a white Guelph, but did not suffer the vengeance of the Ghibellines, after his victory at the battle of Montaperti. This salvation gave a certain prestige to the family. The mother of Dante was Bella degli Abat and died when Dante was only 5 or 6 years.
To the little your Alighiero father remarried with Lapa di Chiarissimo Cialuffise (there is controversy as to that wedding, proposing that the two have come together without marriage, owing to the difficulties raised, at the time, to the wedding of widowers). The father of Dante had two children with her: Francesco and Tana (Gaetana). While studying in his hometown in 1278, he was a disciple of Brunetto Latini, who makes appearance in hell (canto XV), and was a friend of the poet Cavalcanti. When Dante was 12, undertook with Gemma, daughter of Messer Manetto Donati, which then married in 1291. Marriages negotiated at such early ages were so frequent and constituted an important ceremony, requiring official acts signed before notary. Dante had several sons with Gemma. As often, some people claimed to be natural sons of a famous character, the same happened with Dante, and it is likely that Jacopo, Pietro, or Antonia were his real sons. Antonia became a nun with the name of sister Beatrice is tells us, that He was educated at home and that he studied Tuscan poetry of Guittone of Arezzo and Bonagiunta Orbicciani.