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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... the time — shepherds, soldiers, wet- nurses, washerwomen, weavers,
merchants, notaries, and many others — spent little time either creating or
observing Renaissance high art and literature, a refined product made for and
often by elites.
The custodians of legal paper were the notaries, whose job it was to prepare
them and to keep a reference copy in their own orderly registers. These men
were the bottom rung of the lettered ladder. Dozens worked in any big city, and
We can track the possessions of different sorts of people in the postmortem
inventories recorded by notaries. In addition to serviceable belongings worth
passing on to heirs, these catalogs list quantities of worn or broken items that
were kept ...
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