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Petrarch as a Literature Hero

Petrarca depicted in Manuscripts.
Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 391
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Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 175

Miniature of Boccaccio in bed, with Petrarch nearby. Image taken from f. 175 of De casibus virorum illustrium (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et fammes). Written in French.

Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 18 D VII, f. 175

Detail of a miniature of Boccaccio in bed, with Petrarch nearby. Image taken from f. 175 of De casibus virorum illustrium (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et fammes). Written in French.

Triumph of Fame from BL Harley 5761, f. 36

Detail of a marginal vignette of the Triumph of Fame. Image taken from f. 36 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-195). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Death from BL Harley 5761, f. 29

Detail of a marginal vignette of the Triumph of Death. Image taken from f. 29 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-195). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Time from BL Harley 3567, f. 184

Detail of a miniature of the Triumph of Time. Image taken from f. 184 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Fame from BL Harley 5761, f. 36

Full border with flowers, birds, putti, portrait medallions, marginal vignette of the Triumph of Fame, and historiated initial 'N'(el). Image taken from f. 36 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff.... more

Triumph of Love from BL Harley 3567, f. 149

Detail of a miniature of the Triumph of Love. Image taken from f. 149 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Initial and border from BL Lansdowne 787, f. 10

White vine initial and three-sided white vine border with putti, birds, an ape, a lion, and a butterfly, at the beginning of Francesco Petrarca's I sonetti et canzoni. Image taken from f. 10 of Sonetti e canzon... more

Arms from BL Lansdowne 787, f. 10

Detail of the arms of King Alfonso I of Naples. Image taken from f. 10 of Sonetti e canzoni (ff. 3-149v); Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 150-189v); Poesie diverse (ff. 190-195v). Written in Latin.

Illuminated initial from BL Lansdowne 787, f. 10

Detail of illuminated initial. Image taken from f. 10 of Sonetti e canzoni (ff. 3-149v); Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 150-189v); Poesie diverse (ff. 190-195v). Written in Latin.

Historiated initial from BL Eg 1148, f. 10

Historiated initial. Image taken from f. 10 of Sonetti and Canzoniere (ff. 10-150), Trionfi (ff. 151-187v) (ends imperfectly), preceded by a table.

Decorated initial and border from BL Lansdowne 781, f. 1

Decorated initial 'C'(um) and partial border, at the beginning of Petrarch's De Remediis ad utramque fortunam. Image taken from f. 1 of De Remediis ad utramque fortunam. Written in Latin.

Image from BL Lansdowne 781, f. 57v

Image taken from f. 57v of De Remediis ad utramque fortunam. Written in Latin.

Illuminated initial from BL Eg 1148, f. 108v

Illuminated initial. Image taken from f. 108v of Sonetti and Canzoniere (ff. 10-150), Trionfi (ff. 151-187v) (ends imperfectly), preceded by a table.

Historiated initial from BL Eg 1148, f. 151

Historiated initial. Image taken from f. 151 of Sonetti and Canzoniere (ff. 10-150), Trionfi (ff. 151-187v) (ends imperfectly), preceded by a table.

Decorated initial from BL Eg 1148, f. 167

Decorated initial. Image taken from f. 167 of Sonetti and Canzoniere (ff. 10-150), Trionfi (ff. 151-187v) (ends imperfectly), preceded by a table.

Detail from BL Lansdowne 781, f. 1

Image taken from f. 1 of De Remediis ad utramque fortunam. Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Lansdowne 781, f. 57v

Image taken from f. 57v of De Remediis ad utramque fortunam. Written in Latin.

Medici devices from BL Harley 5761, ff. 10v-11

Frontispiece with the title in epigraphic capitals within the Medici device of a diamond ring (f. 10v). On the facing page, a full border with flowers, birds, putti, portrait medallions, and the Medici ring dev... more

Triumph of Eternity from BL Harley 5761, f. 50

Detail of a medallion of the Triumph of Eternity with four putti supporting a globe. Image taken from f. 50 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-195). Written in Italian.

Decorated initials from BL Harley 3567, f. 14

Decorated initials'V'(e) and 'M'(ille) by Matteo Contugi of Volterral; interlinear corrections and variants added by Bartolomeo Sanvito. Image taken from f. 14 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3567, f. 5

Decorated initial 'P'(er) and text supplied by Bartolomeo Sanvito. Image taken from f. 5 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 208v

Historiated initial 'Q'(uando) with the Triumph of Chastity. Image taken from f. 208v of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Detail from BL Harley 3567, f. 9

Detail of miniature of Petrarch and Laura, with Love aiming his arrow at Laura. Image taken from f. 9 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Love from BL Harley 5761, f. 13v

Partial floral border at the beginning of the first chapter of the Triumph of Love. Image taken from f. 13v of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-195). Written in Italian.

Miniature from BL Harley 3567, f. 9

Miniature of Petrarch and Laura, with Love aiming his arrow at Laura. Image taken from f. 9 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3567, f. 146v

Decorated initial 'V'(ergine). Image taken from f. 146v of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Partial border from BL Harley 3579, f. 1

Partial border with birds and a leopard and an historiated initial 'D'(um) of Petrarch, holding a book. Image taken from f. 1 of De remediis utriusque fortunae. Written in Latin.

Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 20 C IV, f. 269

Detail of a miniature of Boccaccio and Petrarch in discourse in Boccaccio's study. Image taken from f. 269 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French translation (Des cas des ruynes des nobles hommes et femmes)... more

Triumph of Time from BL Harley 5761, f. 47

Full border with flowers, putti, deer, a medallion of the Triumph of Time, and the historiated initial 'D'(e). Image taken from f. 47 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-195). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Eternity from BL Harley 5761, f. 50

Full border with flowers, putti, birds, portrait medallions, a medallion of the Triumph of Eternity, and the historiated initial 'D'(apo). Image taken from f. 50 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (... more

Triumph of Chastity from BL Harley 5761, f. 24

Full border with flowers, birds, portrait medallions, historiated initial 'Q'(uando), and a medallion of the Triumph of Chastity. Image taken from f. 24 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); Rime (ff. 55-19... more

Petrarch from BL Harley 5761, f. 11

Full border with flowers, birds, portrait medallions, and the Medici ring device; the ring also occurs in the upper margin framing the Medici arms with an historiated initial 'N'(el) with a prostrate figure (Pe... more

Miniature from BL Harley 3567, f. 162

Miniature of the Triumph of Chastity. Image taken from f. 162 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Miniature from BL Harley 3567, f. 176

Miniature of the Triumph of Fame. Image taken from f. 176 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Miniature from BL Harley 3567, f. 166

Miniature of the Triumph of Death. Image taken from f. 166 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 231v

Historiated initial 'D'(o) in gold and colours of a triumph, with partial floral borders in gold and colours. Image taken from f. 231v of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 219

Historiated initial 'N'(oma) in gold and colours of a triumph, with partial floral borders in gold and colours. Image taken from f. 219 of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3496, f. 229

Historiated initial 'D'(o) in gold and colours of a triumph, with partial floral borders in gold and colours. Image taken from f. 229 of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Death from BL Harley 5761, f. 29

Full border with flowers, birds, deer, skulls, coral beads, a marginal vignette of the Triumph of Death, and an historiated initial 'Q'(uesta). Image taken from f. 29 of Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. 11-52v); R... more

Triumph of Chastity from BL Harley 3567, f. 162

Miniature of the Triumph of Chastity, with a decorated initial 'Q'(ando). Image taken from f. 162 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Love from BL Harley 3567, f. 149

Miniature of the Triumph of Love, with a decorated initial 'N'(el). Image taken from f. 149 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Death from BL Harley 3567, f. 166

Miniature of the Triumph of Death, with a decorated initial 'Q'(uesta). Image taken from f. 166 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Time from BL Harley 3567, f. 184

Miniature of the Triumph of Time, with a decorated initial 'D'(ella). Image taken from f. 184 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Triumph of Fame from BL Harley 3567, f. 176

Miniature of the Triumph of Fame, with a decorated initial 'D'. Image taken from f. 176 of Rime and Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Puzzle initial from BL Harley 3555, f. 1

Puzzle initial 'V'(oi) and coat of arms of the Grimaldi family: ~fusily~, ~gules~ and ~argent~, with the initials 'R' and 'G' on either side. Image taken from f. 1 of Rime. Written in Italian.

Historiated initial from BL Harley 3579, f. 83

Historiated initial 'E'(x) of Petrarch at the preface of the second book. Image taken from f. 83 of De remediis utriusque fortunae. Written in Latin.

Partial white vine border from BL Harley 4857, f. 1

Partial white vine border inhabited by birds, deer, and putti, with the initial 'V'(oi), and an unidentified and damaged coat of arms. Image taken from f. 1 of Rime (ff. 1-142v) ; Trionfi (index Triumphs) (ff. ... more

Decorated initial from BL Harley 2475, f. 122

Decorated initial 'O'(mnes) with foliate extensions. Image taken from f. 122 of Vita Terentii (ff. 1-2); Comoediae (index Comedies) (ff. 2-121v); Catilina, Jugurtha (ff. 122-198); De re militari (ff. 218-265v).... more

White vine initial from BL Harley 2614, f. 1

White vine initial 'T'(erentii) Image taken from f. 1 of Vita Terentii (ff. 1-3v); Comoediae (index Comedies) (ff. 3v-169). Written in Latin.

Full white vine border from BL Harley 3410, f. 9

Full white vine border with a portrait of Petrarch in a medallion, other medallions with geometrical patterns, a large illuminated initial 'V'(oi), a smaller 'champ' initial 'P'(erfare), and a coat of arms: ~gu... more

Partial white vine border from BL Harley 3385, f. 1

Partial white vine border; white vine initial 'N'(el); and the arms of the Tedaldi family of Florence or Cremona: barry ~or~ and ~gules~, a lion rampant ~azure~ overall. Image taken from f. 1 of Trionfi (index ... more

White vine initial from BL Harley 3517, f. 2

White vine initial 'N'(el) and full border at the beginning of the text. Image taken from f. 2 of Trionfi (index Triumphs). Written in Italian.

Decorated initial from BL Harley 2475, f. 45

Decorated initial 'Q' with hybrid creature. Image taken from f. 45 of Vita Terentii (ff. 1-2); Comoediae (index Comedies) (ff. 2-121v); Catilina, Jugurtha (ff. 122-198); De re militari (ff. 218-265v). Written in Latin.

White vine initial and border from BL Stowe 954, f. 9

White vine initial 'P'(oi), and partial white vine border including an empty escutcheon, at the beginning of Petrarch's Sonetti and Canzoni. Image taken from f. 9 of Sonetti e Canzoni (ff. 2-149); Trionfi (inde... more

Petrarch from BL Harley 3454, f. 1

Detail of a historiated initial 'P'(aucos) with a portrait of Petrarch seated in a garden, reading a book. Image taken from f. 1 of Opuscula varia (index various works). Written in Latin.

Petrarch from BL Harley 3454, f. 1

Decorated border with floral motifs with the arms of the Calori of Modena, and a historiated initial 'P'(aucos) with a portrait of Petrarch seated in a garden, reading a book. Image taken from f. 1 of Opuscula ... more

Petrarch from BL Harley 3454, f. 29

Historiated initial of two conjoined fish in gold, silver, and colours, and a portrait of Petrarch standing, with a decorated border with floral motifs in gold and colours, with pen-flourishing, and arms. Image... more

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3454, f. 63

Decorated initial 'F' in gold and colours, and a decorated border with floral motifs in gold, silver, and colours. Image taken from f. 63 of Opuscula varia (index various works). Written in Latin.

Illuminated initials from BL King's 321, f. 35v

Illuminated initials. Image taken from f. 35v of Il Canzoniere. Written in Italian.

Detail from BL King's 321, f. 34

Detail of historiated initial. Image taken from f. 34 of Il Canzoniere. Written in Italian.

Detail from BL King's 321, f. 1

Detail of miniature. Image taken from f. 1 of Il Canzoniere. Written in Italian.

Petrarch from BL King's 321, f. 1

Historiated initial 'V'(oi) at the beginning of Petrarch's Il Canzoniere, with an image of Petrarch, shown before a lectern with an open book before him in the bowl of the initial, and a miniature on the right-... more

Detail from BL King's 321, f. 1

Detail of historiated initial. Image taken from f. 1 of Il Canzoniere. Written in Italian.

Historiated initial from BL King's 321, f. 34

Historiated initial 'I'(vo) of Petrarch holding a closed book, and a foliate border with gold balls, at the beginning of Petrarch's 264th canzone. Image taken from f. 34 of Il Canzoniere. Written in Italian.

Partial border from BL Harley 2526, f. 5v

Partial border with foliate motifs, gold besants, red and blue penstems, and illuminated initial 'V'(os). Image taken from f. 5v of Vita Terentii (ff. 1-3); Comoediae (index Comedies) (ff. 5-130v). Written in Latin.

Full border from BL Harley 3411, f. 12

Full border with Cupid in a large historiated initial 'V'(oi), medallions of leopard heads, and, in the lower margin, two crowned leopards salient ~or~ supporting a medallion with the arms of the Mussolini fami... more

Decorated initial from BL Harley 3990, f. 31v

Decorated initial 'V'(oi) at the beginning of the Rime. Image taken from f. 31v of Trionfi (imperfect); Rime. Written in Italian.

Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 391

Miniature of Boccaccio and Petrarch reading books, with an inscription on the wall, 'Josne et joyeulx', with a full border containing a shield and a banner with the royal arms of Edward IV, and a lozenge bearin... more

Boccaccio and Petrarch from BL Royal 14 E V, f. 391

Detail of a miniature of Boccaccio and Petrarch reading books, with an inscription on the wall, 'Josne et joyeulx', at the beginning of book 8. Image taken from f. 391 of De casibus virorum illustrium in French... more

White vine border from BL Harley 3442, f. 1

Decorated initial 'V'(oi) with acanthus and white vine border at the beginning of Il canzionere. The coat of arms of the Priuli family (Venice) has been painted in the lower border in the early 16th century, se... more