Italian city mentioned in ClP. The *Clerk claims to have learned his tale in Padua from *Petrarch himself (IV.26ff.). This allusion has led to speculation that Chaucer might have met Petrarch — who was living in Padua when Chaucer visited Italy in 1372–73, and to whom he is, indeed, indebted in ClT. It does, however, seem unlikely that a writer of Petrarch’s status and self-importance would have taken any interest in an obscure young poet from England. Records indicate that it was not unusual for scholars from *Oxford to visit Padua in order to study.
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