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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Therefore, cities had their communities of, for example, Spaniards or Greeks, and
their subcultures of entertainers, beggars, and thieves. Three categories of
outsiders — soldiers, Jews, and prostitutes — merit further comment. Soldiers
Others cashed in in other ways; in Rome in 1555, two shady Spaniards
convinced the chief constable to let them run an illegal gambling house at the
Campo de' Fiori market in hopes, they said, of picking up military secrets from
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