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 Magnificent, assumes power alone 1482 Botticelli paints Primavera 1490
Aldo Manuzio founds his humanist press at Venice Isabella d'Este joins her
husband's court at Mantua and begins a long career as patron of art and culture
PREACHING Sermons were another meeting place between written and oral
culture. The great preachers were highly educated men, capable of long Latin
disquisitions to learned gatherings. But, to reach the common folk, they spoke
... Leon Battista, humanist, 61, 147-48, 206, 260 Alum, 26 Amalfi, 150, 152
Americas, 225-26, 228, 246 Ancient world, as model, 3, 166, 172, 221; for city
layout, 157; for ideas on the life cycle, 193, 208; for literary culture, 134-35, 138,
143, 293; ...
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