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Name: Petrarch
Birthdate: July 20, 1304
Died on: July 19, 1374
Occupation: Renaissance humanism
Spouse(s) Unknown

Giovanni and Francesca


This is the city of Arezzo , the place where Petrarch was born in.

Santa Maria della Pieve in Arezzo


Was Petrarch married?
His career in the Church did not allow him to marry, but he is believed to have fathered two children, the women were unknown. A son, Giovanni, was born in 1337, and a daughter, Francesca, was born in 1343.

Do you know how many sonnets Petrarch wrote?
He wrote 317 sonnets.

Why did Petrarch travel so much?
Petrarch spent a lot of his life in the service of the church. He was usually sent on diplomatic missions though France and Italy .Through Germany too.

Why did Petrarch write to so many people?
It was because of his position in the Church. Only ever completing the Minor Orders he never held a high position, but was often used in diplomatic missions. Italy was at war with itself, being contained with a bunch of small city states, and some of his diplomatic missions were to make peace.

Did you know? People in the past often call Petrarch the "Father of Humanism"

Sonnet VII by Francesco Petrarch (1304 - 1374).

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