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Francesco Petrarch Francesco Petrarch

April 6, 1627: Petrarch first sees Laura. Francesco Petrarca whose name has been anglicized as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy. He found the lost letters of Cicero and by doing so was credited for initiating the 14th century Renaissance. He is also called the “Father of Humanism”. He was born in the Tuscan city of Arezzo in 1340. His father was a friend of Dante’s. He studied law at the University of Montpellier and Bologna since his father insisted both of his sons follow in his footsteps. Petrarch did as told, but his main interest was in Latin literature and he always considered his years studying law to have been wasted. He viewed the legal system as a way of selling justice. After his parents’ deaths, he began writing with his first book, Africa, an epic in Latin with Scipio Africanus, the…

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