Italian Renaissance Writers : Francesco Petrarch

Francesco Petrarca, in English called Petrarch (1304-1374) was a poet and novelist. In contrast to his predecessors, who wrote in Latin, Petrarch wrote in Italian, the vernacular. Petrarch was born in Arezzo and lived much of his early life in Avignon. He studied in Montpellier and then in Bologna.
Petrarch collected ancient manuscripts. He wrote poems (sonnets) and wrote letters addressed at deceased poets and writers. Petrarch is regarded one of the pioneers of the Renaissance. Petrarch set a standard for Italian orthography, as he was the first major writer to write in this language.

The Petrarch Page, short bibliography, from Outline of the Literature of the Middle Ages
Biography, from author's calendar
DOCUMENTS Francis Petrarch, Selections from his Correspondence, by James Harvey Robinson, N.Y.: Putnam, 1898, from Hanover Historical Texts Project
Francesco Petrarch, Letters (ca. 1372), from Medieval Sourcebook
Petrach on the Plague, from the Decamerone Web

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