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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of religion, a second vast cultural system with a cultural logic of great complexity.
RELIGION AS A MORAL CODE In its social conservatism and its respect for
power and privilege, the honor ethic diverged from Christian morality, which had
While honor's largesse and splendid hospitality vouched for greatness and
honored the giver, religion urged giving lovingly in the name of charity. When it
came to chastity, honor and Christianity were closer to agreement, but their
Religion also counteracted hierarchy and reminded Italians that they had
obligations outside their alliances. Not only did religion mitigate the everyday; it
also opposed it. Thus Christianity could offer Utopian moments of withdrawal or
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