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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When they put a person to death, they lacked modern bashfulness. An execution
was a major drama for both state and church; they put on a spectacle that drew a
crowd. Several kinds of social control converged on a public execution; many ...
With death unpredictable and all around, Italians The "Good Death" had reason
to fear being caught unprepared, their souls unshriven and their families and
goods in disarray. Preachers and confessors used this threat to pressure their
On death in premodern Europe, see Muir, Ritual in Early Modern Europe, 44-51,
and Philippe Aries, The Hour of Our Death, trans. H. Weaver (New York: Knopf,
1980). For a discussion of death in Florentine popular piety, with Renaissance ...
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