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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Many left domestic work when they married, but some remained or returned.
Married female servants had more status and security. Some servants were
elderly; employers occasionally described keeping an aged servant as a work of
Married women were generally known as the "wife of So-and-so" (see Chapter
11). Yet, although such names did not emphasize collective family identities,
people knew where they and others belonged. Families also marked their
identities in ...
Although young brides were desirable, the fourteen-year-old Juliet of
Shakespeare's play was unusual. No one was surprised by a married fifteen- or
sixteen-year-old, but, even in Florence, where average ages were among the
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