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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In the hungry search for plow- land for grain, they colonized steeper slopes and
marshy plains, destroying forests and driving out wildlife. They also encroached
on pastureland, for, when food is scarce, animals and meat are luxuries. Thus ...
Villages too had their public grain hoards and their systems of emergency relief.
But, in general, the cities, politically stronger, espoused grain policies that fed
their urban inhabitants at the expense of the countryside. To the annoyance of ...
Because land yielded five times as many calories per acre from grain as from
meat, it fed more people on bread. And because grain consumed "whole," that is,
only partially refined, wasted less nourishment than more polished forms, most ...
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