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: 19 July 1374


  • Francesco Petrarca, commonly anglicized as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists
When did Petrarch die? / Died19 July 1374

Petrarch facts

  • Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Renaissance
  • Petrarch is often considered the founder of Humanism
  • In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri
  • Petrarch would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca
  • Petrarch's sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry
  • He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the "Dark Ages
  • " This standing back from his time was possible because he straddled two worlds—the classical and his own modern day
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