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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Yet its population, though always high by European standards, fluctuated in the
course of the Renaissance. The first great wave of bubonic plague, the famous
Black Death of 1347, was for Italy, as for the rest of Europe, catastrophic. Modern
Renaissance Italy was commercially more advanced than most of Europe.
Mercantile practices and banking methods were more sophisticated. A diaspora
of men and talents had scattered merchants, bankers, artisans, and artists to all
On the evolution of the posture of inhibition, see Edward Muir, Ritual in Early
Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 81-146. 8.
Fynes Moryson, Shakespeare's Europe: A Survey of the Condition of Europe at
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