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The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch

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Author: Petrarch
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 192,792 / 588 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 857
Added to site: 2006.02.01 12503
Genre: Poetry

Edited by Thomas Campbell

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university of Montpelier. Petrarch remained there for four years, and attended lectures on law from some of the most famous professors of the science. But his prepossession for Cicero prevented him from much frequenting the dry and dusty walks of jurisprudence. In his epistle to posterity, he endeavours to justify this repugnance by other motives. He represents the abuses, the chicanery, and mercenary practices of the law, as inconsistent with every principle of candour and honesty.

When Petracco observed that his son made no great progress in his legal studies at Montpelier, he removed him, in 1323, to Bologna, celebrated for the study of the canon and civil law, probably imagining that the superior fame of the latter place might attract him to love the law. To Bologna Petrarch was accompanied by his brother Gherardo, and by his inseparable friend, young Guido Settimo.

But neither the abilities of the several professors in that celebrated academy, nor the strongest exhortations of his father, w



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