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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In the Middle Ages, some cities, such as Florence, greatly feared the power of
these magnates and succeeded in excluding them from political office; elsewhere
they made up part of the governing class. Even where these old-style nobles held
In their eyes, hierarchy had deep political, legal, and ethical implications; it
brought both privileges and responsibilities. CULTURAL ROOTS This vision of
the universe traced back to Greek philosophy, especially to Plato and his many ...
Nevertheless, the whole campaign to squeeze the social out of government
never triumphed.4 At the same time, things political also percolated through
social life. Italy's solidarities were often semi-institutions. Factions, guilds,
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