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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Early Modern Italy," in The Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Italy (
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987). 6. Agnolo Firenzuola, On the
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On Renaissance Italian honor and insults, see Peter Burke, "Insult and
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Streets of Early Modern Rome," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 22:4 (1992),
On the social and psychological nature of early modern European ritual, see
Edward Muir, Ritual in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1997), especially 1-17. 5. Archivo di Stato di Roma (ASR), Governatore, ...
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