Petrarch was a renowned Italian poet, humanist and scholar often regarded as the father of "Renaissance Humanism". Some of his best known works includeCanzoniere (Songbook), Secretum Meum (The Secret or My Secret Book) and De viris illustribus (On Illustrious Men).
He was born to Eletta Canigiani and Ser Petracco. He had a younger brother named Gherardo Petracco. While he never got married, he is believed to have fathered two children named Giovanni and Francesca.
His love for traveling around Europe just for pleasure earned him the name "the first tourist".
In 1327, he fell madly in love with a woman named Laura, who could not return his love since she was already married to another man. His yearning for Laura ended up becoming the major subject of his works for the rest of his life. Although he never revealed Laura's real identity, many suspect she was Laura de Nove, the wife of Count Hugues de Sade.
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Famous quotes by Petrarch
Books have led some to learning and others to madness.Petrarch
Do you suppose there is any living man so unreasonable that if he found himself stricken with a dangerous ailment he would not anxiously desire to regain the blessing of health?Petrarch
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.Petrarch
Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.Petrarch
Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.Petrarch
Petrarch was a famous Italian scholar and poet, who was born on July 20, 1304. As a person born on this date, Petrarch is listed in our database as the 37th most popular celebrity for the day (July 20).
People born on July 20 fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab. Petrarch is the 862nd most popular Cancer.
Aside from information specific to Petrarch's birthday, Petrarch is the 59th most famous Italian.
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