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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When Italians met — to talk, do business, play, fight, pray — all these social traits,
most of them readily visible in body and clothing, governed expectations and
options. Access to resources — not only material and economic goods like food
TIMES AND PLACES TO PLAY Play had its special times. Holidays, both local
and universal, stood out, as did those special occasions — Times for Leisure a
peace, a coronation, a princely birth or wedding, a and Amusement royal entry ...
Rivers and lakes welcomed swimmers and boaters, and, on the rare occasion
when they froze solid, invited games, races, and even an impromptu market.4 But
the sea was not to toy with; beaches were for working fishermen, not for play.
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