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Petrarch

a.k.a. Francesco Petrarca

Author Code: TPET

Born: Jul. 20, 1304 - Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Died: Jul. 19, 1374 - Arqua, Carrara, Italy

Educated in law at the University of Montpellier and the University of Bologna, Petrarch had studied law to please his father, but was more interested in literature, particularly that of Greece and Rome. His first poetic pieces were written after the death of his mother. In 1327, Petrarch saw and fell in love with Laura, a woman whose identity has never been verified, and she would occupy much of his writing in the future. She is said to have died in 1348 during the Black Death. In 1341, Petrarch became Rome's poet laureate. He was also a close friend of Boccaccio and the two corresponded for many years. Petrarch developed the philosophy of humanism and is said to have inspired the onset of the Renaissance. Together with Dante and Boccaccio, the works of Petrarch were used as the basis for the modern Italian language. He travelled extensively in Europe and acquired manuscripts which he brought back to Italy - hoping to recreate the Alexandrian library of the ancient world, without success. In 1367, he settled in Padua and spent his remaining years there. His many works include De Viris Illustribus (1338-39), Africa (1338), Rerum memorandum Libri (1342-43), Secretum Meum (1342-58), Rerum Vulgarum Fragmenta (1327-74) [which includes his sonnets and canzoniere], Bucolicum Carmen (1345-47), De Vita Solataria (1345-47), Invectiva Contra Medicum (1355), Triumphs (1356-74), Testamentum (1370) and Invectiva Contra eum qui Maledixit Italie (1373).

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TPET001 Triumphs
  The Triumph of Chastity
  The Triumph of Death
  The Triumph of Eternity
  The Triumph of Fame
  The Triumph of Love
  The Triumph of Time
1356-1374 78 335k eBook Download PDF - 'Triumphs' (TPET001)   Download ePub - 'Triumphs' (TPET001) Find a printed copy of Triumphs by  Petrarch at AbeBooks

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