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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Peasants were the most numerous group of Renaissance Ital- Peasants ians. In
families they lived on and worked the land. Some peasants owned land, but
mostly it belonged to landlords or, in rougher country, was commons. For access
Paduan peasant girl. [Bertelli] ants, and bad years, when debts accumulated.
When, in the later Renaissance, the population rose, the imbalance between
scarce lands to work and many mouths to feed pressed on the peasantry as a
Nevertheless, there was often more to it; war could disrupt production, driving off
the peasants or impeding the movement of supplies. A siege could starve a city.
International politics could block shipments. As in all premodern Europe, there ...
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