Lived: Jul 20, 1304 – Jul 19, 1374 (age 69)
Children: Giovanni (Son) · Francesca (Daughter)
Parents: Ser Petracco (Father) · Eletta Canigiani (Mother)
Education: University of Bologna (1320 – 1323) · University of Montpellier (1316 – 1320)
First ascent: Mont Ventoux
Siblings: Gherardo Petracco (Brother)Highlights
- 1309: He spent much of his early life at Avignon and nearby Carpentras, where his family moved to follow Pope Clement V who moved there in 1309 to begin the Avignon Papacy.
- 1326: After the death of their parents, Petrarch and his brother Gherardo went back to Avignon in 1326, where he worked in numerous clerical offices.
- 1341: On April 8, 1341, he became the second poet laureate since antiquity and was crowned by Roman Senatori Giordano Orsini and Orso dell’Anguillara on the holy grounds of Rome’s Capitol.
- 1345: In 1345 he personally discovered a collection of Cicero’s letters not previously known to have existed, the collection ad Atticum.
- 1348: Upon her death in 1348, the poet found that his grief was as difficult to live with as was his former despair.
- 1362: In 1362, shortly after the birth of a daughter, Eletta (the same name as Petrarch’s mother), they joined Petrarch in Venice to flee the plague then ravaging parts of Europe.
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