Synopses & Reviews
.."". historical lore and tales of virtue, rascality and wonder fromancient and medieval times. Conrad H. Rawski... gives us a translation that ismuscular, graceful and suggestive of Petrarch's Latin style... Anyone who can get toa library that can afford this work will find a great old world filled with humor, folly, failure and glory, all suffused with an eloquent and gentle wisdom."" --New York Times Book Review
.."". reveals much about the lifesituation, the external hazards and the inner moral dilemmas of European society...The translation itself is accurate, strong and pungent."" -- CharlesTrinkaus
""This is philology at its best: scholarship thatenables us to hear the voices of the past."" --Speculum
.."". a formidable example of thorough and dedicatedscholarship.... There is little question that it represents the definitive study ofthe De Remediis for all time."" -- RenaissanceQuarterly
""Rawski's achievement is thus not simply to havemade Petrarch's great moral encyclopaedia accessible to the modern reader who has noLatin, but in addition to have made it possible to appreciate the full extent ofPetrarch's learning as it is displayed in the De remediis.... No serious library canafford to be without these elegantly printed volumes... and no serious medieval orRenaissance scholar can afford to ignore them."" -- ItalianStudies
.."". an admirable and meticulous work of scholarly.Elegantly produced... it is sure to stimulate a renewal of interest in Petrarch'sLatin treatise both among specialist and non-specialist readers."" -- RomancePhilology
""Petrarch's miraculous achievement was to bring anantique Roman secular mind, with much of its knowledge and sensibility, back to lifein a radically foreign and antipathetic 14th-century world... The translation isengaging idiomatic English, that mirrors Petrarch's thought and rhetoricalregister... "" -- Choice
The greatest scholar of his age, Petrarch was far more than an inspired writer of Italian love poetry. At the time ofits publication in 1366, De remediis utriusque Fortune was his most popular andinfluential work. This guide to the resolution of moral and philosophical crisesremains universal and timeless to this day.
A Petrarchan Remedyfor Prosperity (Academic Titles):
Joy: I am professor of the LiberalArts.
Reason: This subject often contains more impudence thanknowledge.
Table of Contents
v. 1. Book I--Remedies for prosperity, translation -- v. 2. Book I--Remedies for prosperity, commentary -- v. 3. Book II--Remedies for adversity, translation -- v. 4. Book II--Remedies for adversity, commentary -- v. 5. References--bibliography, indexes, tables and maps.