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Good-Bye, Bologna: Johannes Andreae And Familiares IV 15 And 16

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Petrarch wrote for solitaries like himself who have strong moral and literary preoccupations. In Familiares IV 15 and 16, Petrarch criticizes not the innumerable legal citations within Johannes' legal works, but his ornamental literary citations. Petrarch could not have been insensible to so strong a personality with whom he shared so many interests: classical and patristic writers, love of books, a deep sense of the past, and a sensitivity to philological questions such as dating and genre. He would also have been attracted by Johannes' fame, wealth, privileged position with the papacy, large library, and his ability as an author to exploit the Bolognese system of textual production even in its decline. The future lays with Petrarch's kinds of reading and writing, although it hardly looked that way when he walked away from Bologna in 1326.

Keywords: Bologna; familiares; Johannes Andreae



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