Daily Life in Renaissance Italy
Discover what life was like for ordinary people living in Renaissance Italy. How was their society organized? What were their homes like? What dangers did they face? These and other questions are answered in detail to provide the reader with a unique view of the world of the Italian Renaissance. A multitude of settings and socioeconomic backgrounds are presented, from urban life to country life, from upper-class to peasant-class, to paint a full portrait of the different kinds of existence of people of this culture.
Recipes, profiles of actual individuals, and over 40 illustrations help bring the period to life. Learn what they ate, what their homes were like, how they spent their leisure time, what their work was like, and much more. Modern readers will be surprised to find fundamental similarities between our lives today and the lives of these people living over 500 years ago, as well as to discover that many of the perceptions they may have of this time period are inaccurate.
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RELIGION AS A MORAL CODE In its social conservatism and its respect for
power and privilege, the honor ethic diverged from Christian morality, which had
a subversive streak that often undercut both lay values and many institutions that
Christian art, some of it narrative and much of it didactic, ornamented houses,
street-corner shrines, and countless churches and chapels. Italians recognized
their familiar saints, posing with their standard emblems, and picked out readily
Saint Margaret protected childbirth, Saint Lucy eyes, Saint Christopher travelers,
Saint Sebastian and Saint Roch plague patients, and so on. Renaissance Italian
Christian morality was keen on proper observance. Islam, one sometimes says, ...
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