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Francesco Petrarca (Italian: [franˈtʃesko peˈtrarka]; 20 July 1304 – 19 July 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarch (), was a scholar and poet of the early Italian Renaissance, and one of the earliest humanists.Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Italian Renaissance and the founding of Renaissance humanism. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch's works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Petrarch has received more than 3,017,258 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia. Petrarch is the 25th most popular writer (down from 19th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Italy (down from 24th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Italian Writer.

Petrarch is most famous for his love poetry, including "Rime Sparse" and "Canzoniere." He is also famous for his work on the Italian language.

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Among writers, Petrarch ranks 25 out of 5,755Before him are Ovid, Molière, Agatha Christie, Anton Chekhov, Albert Camus, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After him are Anne Frank, Giovanni Boccaccio, Rumi, Honoré de Balzac, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dickens.

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Among people born in 1304, Petrarch ranks 1After him are Ibn Battuta, Louis I, Count of Flanders, Jayaatu Khan Tugh Temür, and Ibn al-Shatir. Among people deceased in 1374, Petrarch ranks 1After him are Gongmin of Goryeo, Magnus IV of Sweden, Pan Geng, Ni Zan, Ibn al-Khatib, Emperor Go-Kōgon, Helvig of Schleswig, Helena of Bulgaria, Empress of Serbia, Philip II, Prince of Taranto, and Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Petrarch ranks 27 out of 4,668Before him are Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Caravaggio (1571), Nero (37), Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), and Marcus Aurelius (121). After him are Caligula (12), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Alessandro Volta (1745), Florence Nightingale (1820), Niccolò Paganini (1782), and Parmenides (-501).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Petrarch ranks 4Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265), Virgil (-70), and Ovid (-43). After him are Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Horace (-65), Umberto Eco (1932), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Cato the Elder (-243), Plautus (-254), and Carlo Collodi (1826).