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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Inhabitants of one mountain village in central Italy worked Toadstool Plain, Field
of Flowers, Long Clearing, the Cutting, Stick-Stockade, Little Tower, Dark Valley,
Greenish Valley, Valley of the Chain-Link, the Swamp, Ditch Hill, Pigeon Hill, ...
Some stayed up into the dark hours, to socialize, to patrol their fields, to steal or
make raids. The day had a loose rhythm, but its organization was fluid. The
pope's mandated midday bell highlighted a customary division of daylight into
Noble Milanese matrons cover their heads with silk in a dark color of their choice,
leaving to be seen little except some curls around the forehead and some ruff at
the neck. They wear overgowns [Romane], in length a quarter- measure above ...
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