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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All the arts, including dance and music, invited refined appreciation. One might
amass antique statues and illustrated gems; it paid to know one's Mars from
Hercules. All such knowledge augmented intellectual capital. Taste mattered
One job of music was to animate the dance, a pastime central to Renaissance
festivity, fun for both participants and spectators. At court and elsewhere, dance
marked special occasions. Weddings, May Day, and Carnival were prime
116-17, 291 Boccaccio, Giovanni, author, 19, 222, 244 Bodies, 215-17; aging,
208; burial, 211- 12; cures, 246; dance postures, 283; dishonor and, 95; judicial
mutilation, 121, 197; magic and, 250; as social markers, 30, 84-86 Bologna, xiii, ...
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