Francesco Petrarch & Laura deNoves
July 24, 2004 3:44 PM   Subscribe

[mentioned obliquely here]
posted by hama7 at 3:44 PM on July 24, 2004

The site is titled, "Francesco Petrarch - Father of Humanism," but I can't find anything on the site to explain what this means.
posted by Ayn Marx at 4:21 PM on July 24, 2004

read this, Ayn Marx. The site suggests that his influence helped bring about Humanism by reviving the practice of writing.
posted by Grod at 4:33 PM on July 24, 2004

his secretum is great! [mentioned ablatively here :] read it in college for my 14th century lit class... might also want to check out christine de pizan :D i remember writing a paper comparing how their views on the afterlife informed their views on 'how to be' in the world; i'll have to dig it up! cheers, thanks :D

re: humanism :D j/k! see here and here!
posted by kliuless at 4:56 PM on July 24, 2004

i've been meaning to look for his poems on the net ... thanks for posting this
posted by pyramid termite at 5:16 PM on July 24, 2004

Petrarch is probably best known historically for creating the concept of "The Dark Ages". Some even attribute the coinage of it to him but that is debatable, and irrelevant.

Petrarch was at the cusp of the start of the Modern Age and the end of the Middle Ages. The 14th Century (Petrarch was born in 1300) is a tremendous period of change and transition, from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age, this transitional period is known as the Renaissance, Petrarch helped set the Renaissance into motion with the revival and study of the ancient Greek and Roman texts.

This is a fantastic site.
posted by stbalbach at 11:21 PM on July 24, 2004

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