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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14 Disease and Healing Disease was a facet of the natural world that we still face
and fight, but it threatened the people of the Renaissance infinitely more than us.
The difference between then and now was stark. In the eyes of modern ...
Rather, it was usually sick rats on the move that brought the disease to an
uninfected, vulnerable rat population, from which it spread to humans only when
most of the local rats took sick and died. That is why ships, often rat infested, were
[T]hese pains were persistent, tormented the sufferer chiefly at night, and were
the most cruel of all the symptoms.7 In Fracastoro's day, almost no one in Italy
called this shameful ailment "syphilis." Rather, they called it "the French disease.
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