The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

In 1336, two brothers set out to climb a famous peak in the Provence area of France:

'At the time fixed we left the house, and by evening reached Malaucene, which lies at the foot of the mountain, to the north. Having rested there a day, we finally made the ascent this morning, with no companions. except two servants.
And a most difficult task it was...
The mountain is a very steep and an almost inaccessible mass of stony soil. But, as the poet has said: "Remorseless toil conquers all." '

The poet Petrarch describes his climb of this mighty mountain, which teaches him things
beyond the merely physical. Translated by James Harvey Robinson.

Reader Carl Prekopp
Producer Duncan Minshull.

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