Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v
Detail of a miniature of a garden or flowery field referring to 'Prato'. Image taken from f. 15v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.
Convenevole from Prato (between 1270 and 1275 - Prato , 1338 ) was a writer , notary , ambassador and educator. Notary, master of the disciplines of the trivium ( grammar , rhetoric and dialectic), was a teacher of Francesco Petrarch and his brother Gherardo, instructing both in the grammar and rhetoric as their father, the notary ser Petracco of Porec intended to make both of them lawyers. Petrarch remained under the Convenevole guide until 1316, when, again at the behest of his father, he was sent with his brother to study law in Montpellier. There is no definite information on the master's birth date, but, as he tells us Petrarch, in the year of death had to have an advanced age. He was a great teacher but a restless nature and upset, unaccustomed to practical life, according to Petrarch. The literary work of Convenevole often consisted of poems started and never finished. It seems, however, that some finished works attributed to the master exist: a collection of liturgical verses, about 3700, entitled Regia Carmina, and dedicated to King Robert of Anjou. In the book of Carmina Regia, the author does not sign his own name, but simply write " Professor pratensis ", which has also created a discussion on the actual authorship. When Convenevole died in 1338, the people of Prato wanted Petrarca to write an the epigraph for him, but he refused, since the master never forgave him the lost book of Cicero , entitled De Gloria.