Secret: by Francesco Petrarch / Edition 1 available in Paperback
One of the great poets of the 14th century, Italian scholar Francesco Petrarch is also regarded as the father of the humanist movement. The Secret, Petrarch’s autobiographical treatise translated here from the Latin, represents a "humanist manifesto" central to understanding European culture during the early modern period. Carol Quillen’s introductory essay to this volume illuminates the development of humanist practices, Petrarch’s role in the dissemination of humanist ideas, the importance of The Secret as a humanist text, and the enduring historical significance of the humanist tradition in Western thought and culture. Also included are several illustrations, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration.
About the Author
CAROL E. QUILLEN (Ph.D., Princeton University) is associate professor of history at Rice University and currently holds an I Tatti fellowship from Harvard University's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. The author of Rereading the Renaissance: Petrarch, Augustine, & the Language of Humanism (1998), her work focuses on early modern European history, European intellectual history, and feminist theory.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction: Petrarch’s Secret and Renaissance Humanism
Petrarch and the Humanist Movement
A Crown for a Poet
The Lure of the Past
Petrarch and the Ancients
Humanism After Petrarch
A Humanist Manifesto
The Composition and Structure of The Secret
Augustinus and Franciscus
The Legacy of The Secret
A Note on the Translation
Petrarch, First Letter to Marcus Tullius Cicero, Dated June 16, 1345
Augustine, From Confessions, Finished ca. 400 C.E.
Virgil, From Aeneid, ca. 20 B.C.E. and Augustine, From The City of God, Finished ca. 426 C.E.
Glossary of Names
A Petrarch Chronology (1304-1374)
Questions for Consideration