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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The pope was therefore not only the head of Latin Christendom but also an
elected temporal monarch, with his army and navy, his foreign policies and
diplomats, his local governors, judges, and tax men. The southern third of
mainland Italy, ...
... were the shepherds' tents and fires in the high Abruzzi, they looked at night like
an invading army.5 The mountains were therefore laced with paths and trails.
Renaissance Italians had none of our romantic love of mountainscape; they saw
Both appellations made good sense, for the malady seems first to have appeared
, dramatically, as if from nowhere, when a French army in 1495 laid siege to
Naples. The French in 1496 retreated up the peninsula, frequenting prostitutes in
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