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Petrarca: The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

Petrarch’s motives for climbing Mount Ventoux – to see the view – is often cited as the mark of a new humanistic “Renaissance” spirit. His ascent took place on April 26, 1336, but it was  written and published only around 1350.  Hans Blumenberg describes Petrarch’s ascent of Ventoux  in  “The Legitimacy of the Modern Age:”  This was “… one of the great moments that oscillate indecisively between the epochs, namely between the medieval period and modernity.” I like this text because of the interplay between the experience of nature and the subjective world of the author. As Petrarca takes in...