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 English word quarantine is of Italian origin, tracing back to the common
practice of making incoming ships from plague-ridden ports anchor in isolation
for forty (quaranta) days. The practice was often effective; the wait in fact was long
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The third and by far the deadliest insect-borne pestilence was the bubonic
plague. This utterly terrifying disease first returned to Europe in 1347 after eight
centuries of reprieve; it afflicted Italy and the rest of Western Europe for more than
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