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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We moderns almost never see deep darkness, for our electricity has diluted night.
Aside from a few flickering torches on palaces or from the flambeaux and lanterns
carried by some walkers, Italian towns were dark once the sun went down.
They had very distinct boundaries: high walls, often with impressive towers, and
imposing gateways with great doors that shut at night. The confining fortifications
made them densely settled, for the imperatives of defense ruled out urban sprawl
The wedding night and the morning after often featured playful, noisy, and often
bawdy revelry. If, however, delay was anticipated in this "translation" of the bride,
sexual relations might have begun earlier, at the bride's house, even following ...
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