"that dead knight in Ravenna, whos marble body seems alive, almost liquid"
Tomb of a Knight in Salisbury
Creative Commons AttributionTomb of a Knight in Salisbury - Credit: Andrew Micheals

The English patient is compared to the statue of a knight at rest on his tomb. He is being imbued with the qualities of a crusader knight, a saintliness.

Ravenna is a city in Italy, which during the Medieval period was host to the exiled Dante Alighieri, considered one of the greatest Italian writers.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri