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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13 Houses, Food, and Clothing TENDING BODILY NEEDS Daily life takes its
flavor not only from people and their relationships but also from the routine
activities that sustain the body — eating, sleeping, and hygiene — and the
CLOTHING Clothing was very important to Renaissance Italians. As in many
cultures, clothes not only protected the body from the elements but also marked
people's social identities and thus shaped their daily transactions.14 Frequently ...
When needing another layer of clothing or for sheer display, women wore a
flowing overgown that sometimes trailed on the ground. Urban women shod their
feet in slippers sometimes made with colored fabrics; the soles were firm enough,
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