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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An eighteenth-century painting shows what must long have been a common sight
: four girls making lace, gathered in their chairs around a fifth who entertains them
from a book on their matronly supervisor's lap.11 Love intrigue illustrates well ...
In a law court, an adolescent girl was no longer presumed innocent; she had to
convince the judges she was not complicit. The specter of illicit sex alarmed a
young female's keepers; protecting her from abusers, other seducers and her
Yet the specter of the dowryless poor girl, teetering on the brink of concubinage
or worse, beckoned to the charitable. From the late fifteenth century, special
confraternities in many Italian cities devoted themselves to showering hundreds
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