Petrarch | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Francis X. Murphy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of Petrarch.
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Critical Essay by Francis X. Murphy

SOURCE: Francis X. Murphy, "Petrarch and the Christian Philosophy," in Francesco Petrarca: Citizen of the World, edited by Aldo S. Bernardo, State University of New York Press, 1980, pp. 223-47.

In the excerpt below, Murphy examines Petrarch's humanism and argues that he was a "genuine Christian philosopher."

During the month of February, 1325, Francesco Petrarca purchased a manuscript of the De civitate dei of St. Augustine for 12 florins from the executors of Cinthius, a cantor of Tours. The budding poet was twenty-one, and on leave in Avignon from his legal studies in Bologna. This information is contained in a note in his own hand on the manuscript, and represents what is probably the earliest of Petrarch's preserved autographs. As such, it is also the first of a long series of annotations that supply an avid posterity...

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