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|Birthdate:||July 20, 1304|
|Died on:||July 19, 1374|
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).