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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Of course, not all merchants became or remained so affluent. While the wealth
and skills of Italian businessmen made them visible throughout Europe, many
could not aspire to international markets. Among those who bought and sold for a
On merchants, see also Iris Origo, The Merchant of Prato (Harmondsworth:
Penguin, 1963); for a brief portrait of this merchant's wife, see Carole Levin, "
Women in the Renaissance," in Becoming Visible, ed. Bridenthal and Koonz, 160
Because secrecy was crucial, merchants often wrote in code, using a cipher their
agents carried with them. They kept careful copies of their correspondence and
mustered all their accounts to keep a complex business in clear view. As they ...
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