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Francesco Petrarch was a man held in high regards of his peers The life in which Petrarch lived was certainly not one of which many people could have had dealt with A life of solitude misplaced love and family misfortune that was endured But through hard workand perseverance loyalty to the churches which lead to good connections he was regarded as one of the most influential persons and authors of his time Petrarch was not a man with greatest of family lives Born in Arezzo in 1304 to a family that had just been exiled from Florence his family had to move to Incisa Tuscany Petrarch spent most of his childhood in Incisa From then on his father pushed him into the path of law His brother Gheredo the most stable family figure in his life later became a monk and throughout his life stayed in contact with Francesco Petrarch had another brother who died at a very young age His mother died when he was 15 years old which was consequently when some of his earliest works have been recorded At the age of 22 Francescos father passed away which caused Francesco to attain a career Giovanni his son was born illegitimately in 1337 The relationship between the two was disappointment to Francesco He describes him as Intelligent perhaps even exceptionally intelligent but he hates books He let Giovanni live with him till he could no longer stand the sight of him and sent him to live in Avignon at the age of 20 It wasnt until just before Giovannis death of the Black Plague did they start to write each other Just before his sons death Petrarchs friends though of Giovanni as a good person and wrote Petrarch about this He never saw his son before his death but in his mind knew that he had started to get his life back together He also had a daughter
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