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Selected Letters, Volume 2

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  • V. Education and the Prince
    • 1. To Tommaso of Messina, the study of eloquence
    • 2. To Giovanni Colonna of the Order of Preachers, demonstrating the power of examples by means of examples themselves
    • 3. To Giberto, teacher of grammar from Parma, the training of boys and school education
    • 4. To Paganino of Milan, that one should restrain one’s desire for power, and on the best condition of the state
    • 5. To Niccola Acciaiuoli, Grand Seneschal of the Kingdom of Sicily, the education of a prince
    • 6. To the magnificent lord of Padua, Francesco da Carrara, the sort of man one should be to govern a state
  • VI. Rome, Italy, and Its Rulers
    • 1. To Dionigi da Borgo Sansepolcro, congratulating him on going to Robert, a very great king and philosopher; also how association with distinguished men benefits tranquility of mind
    • 2. To Robert, renowned king of Sicily
    • 3. To Barbato da Sulmona, on the death of King Robert of Sicily
    • 4. To Nicola, tribune of Rome, a rebuke mixed with urgent requests, over his changed reputation
    • 5. To Francesco of the Holy Apostles, about the name of poetry, now promiscuously used among the common and uneducated
    • 6. To the four cardinals delegated to reform the condition of the Roman Republic
    • 7. To Laelius, dispute on several arguments which are apparently alleged by many against the glory of Rome
    • 8. To Andrea Dandolo, doge of Venice, exhorting him to make peace with the Genoese
    • 9. To Charles IV, king of Rome, an appeal urging him to come to Italy
    • 10. To Charles IV, congratulating him on his coming, however late
    • 11. To his dear Laelius, just as false glory is not worth seeking, so true glory is not to be despised
    • 12. To our Caesar, first a sweet offering of private thanks for his friendly intimacy, then a severe rebuke for deserting the republic and his empire, and finally a most urgent exhortation
    • 13. To Brother Giacomo of the Augustinian Order and tyrant of Pavia, an earnest and many-sided rebuke
  • VII. Religion and the Church
    • 1. To Annibaldo, cardinal bishop of Tusculum, against the greed of prelates
    • 2. To his brother Gherardo, the Carthusian monk, about the happiness of his circumstances and miseries of the world, with an exhortation to perseverance in his intent
    • 3. To a friend wavering about the Catholic faith
    • 4. To Gherardo the Carthusian monk: what is the true philosophy and what the true law, and who is the best instructor in them both
    • 5. To Giovanni [Boccaccio] of Certaldo, on the prophetic activity of the dying
    • 6. To Urban V, pope of Rome, about the return of the Church to its seat, too long delayed and now to be delayed no longer
    • 7. To Urban V, Roman pontiff, congratulating him for having led the Church back to its own seat and urging him to persevere
  • VIII. Letters to the Ancients
    • 1. To Pulice, poet of Vicenza, on the subject and origin of the following letters addressed to Cicero and Seneca and the others
    • 2. To Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • 3. To the same
    • 4. To Annaeus Seneca
    • 5. To Marcus Varro
    • 6. To Quintilian
    • 7. To the historian Titus Livius
    • 8. To the orator Asinius Pollio
    • 9. Reply to a long letter containing many topics, sent under the name of Homer and dispatched from the Underworld
  • IX. Memory
    • 1. To Guido Sette, archbishop of Genoa, on the changes in the times
    • 2. To Posterity
  • Appendix I: Chronology of Events in Petrarca’s Life
  • Appendix II: Petrarca’s Literary Works
  • Appendix III: Biographical Notes on Petrarca’s Correspondents
  • Note on the Text and Notes
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Concordances
  • Bibliography
  • Cumulative Index to Volumes I and II