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- Author: Francesco Petrarca
Francesco Petrarch (PAY-trahrk), the most famous Italian literary figure next to Dante Alighieri, was born in Arezzo on July 20, 1304, while his father, the notary Ser Petracco (Petrarch changed the spelling of his surname at some point in his early life), was exiled from Florence, probably not for political but for personal reasons. His mother took him to the Tuscan town of Incisa, but when he was nine they joined his father in Avignon, France. At fifteen Petrarch was studying law, first in Montpellier from 1316 to 1320 and later, until 1323, at Bologna in Italy. The...
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