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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For the next fifty years, numbers did not recover much; the Italy of the great
Florentine Renaissance remained depopulated. Then, after 1450, although
plague remained a danger, for reasons still little understood the numbers started
to climb ...
Physicians and teachers belonged in this category, but their numbers were
relatively few. High demand for literate employees came rather with the
elaboration of government and associated public institutions. The tastes of the
In some circumstances, especially after a number of children had survived
infancy, some couples may have sought to contain the number of their offspring.7
The available means were not very effective, and the demographic evidence for a
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