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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And, churchmen added, reproving women, extravagant dress fostered vain pride,
avarice, and lust. In some places, such rules also had an anti-aristocratic slant.
Italians often ducked or bought off these rules; the temptation to compete through
Rules about circulation after dark had this goal, as did the campaign against
gambling, a famous brawl spawner. A fourth concern was warding off offense to
God. The masters of Venice, keen to fend off divine ire, instituted a special
Torture had to follow rules. It should not maim. Suspects with broken or damaged
limbs were not to be hoisted up, nor women who were pregnant or menstruating.
Furthermore, if torture lasted too long or came too often, the defense lawyer ...
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