A Summary of Petrarch's Life and Work After Leaving Milan
1361. Throughout the second half of the year Petrarch remained in Padua, living in the cathedral close. He was on very friendly terms with Francesco da Carrara, the lord of the city. In July word came to him that his son Giovanni had died of the plague, in Milan. In July, also, having received from the Emperor an invitation to visit him in Prague, he replied that he would come in the autumn if he could arrange to do so. In August he heard of the death of Socrates; and soon thereafter he learned of the death of Zanobi da Strada. Innocent VI then offered him the apostolic secretaryship left vacant by Zanobi's death; but he declined the offer, suggesting Nelli as a candidate. Toward the end of the year he decided to go to Provence, for the sake of being again in Vaucluse, and in the hope of being able to promote Nelli's candidacy.
1362. He started his journey in January; but after reaching Milan he found that warfare made the roads to the west unsafe. He remained in Milan at least until the latter part of March; and while there he received another urgent invitation from the Emperor, which he promised to accept. In May he was back in Padua. He had planned to start thence for Prague; but warfare prevented him from undertaking the journey. In the course of the summer he wrote to the Venetian Senate offering to bequeath his books to Venice, as the nucleus of a public library, if the Senate would provide him with a house in Venice.
It was perhaps within this period that Petrarch's daughter Francesca married Francescuolo da Brossano.