Studies in the life and works of Petrarch.
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Published by Mediaeval Academy of America in Cambridge, Mass .
Written in English


  • Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374.

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SeriesMediaeval Academy of America. Publication, no. 63, Publication (Mediaeval Academy of America) ;, no. 63.
LC ClassificationsPQ4505.Z5 W5
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 324 p.
Number of Pages324
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6176844M
LC Control Number55008492

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  Studies In The Life And Works Of Petrarch by Ernest Hatch Wilkins, , available at Book Depository with free delivery : Ernest Hatch Wilkins. Additional Physical Format: Online version: Wilkins, Ernest Hatch, Studies in the life and works of Petrarch. Cambridge, Mass., Mediaeval Academy of America, In Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne Cynthia Skenazi explores a shift in attitudes towards aging and provides a historical perspective on a crucial problem of our time. From the late fourteenth to the end of the sixteenth centuries, the elderly subject became a point of new social, medical, political, and literary attention on both sides of. Amongst ourselves in late years, following the labours of J. A. Symonds in his history of the Renaissance, we have Henry Reeve's small but well-planned volume in the "Foreign Classics for English Readers," and, more recently still, Mr. Hollway Calthrop's Petrarch: his Life, Work and Times (), and Mrs. Maud Jerrold's Francesco Petrarca: Poet.

For example, Petrarch struggled with the proper relation between the active and contemplative life, and tended to emphasize the importance of solitude and study. In a clear disagreement with Dante, in Petrarch argued in his De vita solitaria that Pope Celestine V 's refusal of the papacy in was as a virtuous example of solitary life. [45]. Studies in the life and works of Petrarch Τόμος 63 του Publication (Mediaeval Academy of America) Συγγραφέας: Ernest Hatch Wilkins: Εκδότης: Mediaeval Academy of America, Πρωτότυπο από: το Πανεπιστήμιο του Μίτσιγκαν: Ψηφιοποιήθηκε στις: 2 Απρ. From Augustine, Petrarch learned that the only proper study for a human being to engage in was to study oneself, to look within oneself and work within oneself to guarantee one's salvation. This idea would eventually develop into the hallmark of humanist belief, the dignity of humanity. Petrarch’s first studies were at Carpentras, France, and at his father’s insistence he was sent to study law at Montpellier, France (). From there he returned to Italy with his younger brother Gherardo to continue these studies at Bologna ().

  Petrarch was a devoted classical scholar who is considered the "Father of Humanism," a philosophy that helped spark the Renaissance. Petrarch's writing includes well-known odes to Laura.   Petrarch’s most famous work today is his Canzoniere, a collection of love poems written in the vernacular which revolve around an unknown and unobtainable woman called Laura. Through his discoveries, scholarship, and original works, Petrarch spearheaded a revival in ancient ideals and secular intellectual studies which focussed on human affairs rather than religious matters, even if, paradoxically, he himself remained very much interested in Christian studies. The Secretum is a "secret" book, intended for private meditation; Petrarch kept it by him for the rest of his life. It reflects his sense of inner crisis and depression, resolved by Augustine's wise counsel and recollection of his readings, particularly Virgil, Ovid, and Augustine's Confessions. Petrarch's important works in Latin include On Contempt for the Worldly Life, Metrical Epistles, On Solitude, and the Eclogues. He was the first author to find inspiration in Christian piety as well as classical scholarship; his life was devoted to balancing the intellectual life of a scholar and the spiritual pursuits of a man of the church.