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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But they do not haunt us as did the dangers faced by the men, women, and
young folk of premodern Europe. Thus, to penetrate the minds and daily
experiences of Renaissance Italians, it helps to scan the structural and cultural
differences that ...
In its anxiety in the face of God, pre- modern Christianity differed sharply from
most modern versions of the faith. To Renaissance Catholic eyes, the earth,
although of God's making, was no happy place. Rather, the true domain of peace,
Premodern Italians held deeply the values that guided their choices. Yet their
behavior corresponded to these rules in as mixed and nuanced a way as does
our own conduct when it heeds our moral strictures. In premodern Italy, two
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