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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PROFILE: BALDASSARE CASTIGLIONE, COURTIER AND WRITER Baldassare
Castiglione (1478-1529), author of The Courtier, wrote from his own experience.
He was born near the middling northern city of Mantua, where his father served ...
Fancy chests bore high honor; they served as potent markers of status when
transporting the trousseau at a patrician wedding or when given as a gift to a
foreign potentate. In the later Renaissance, the forms of the chest elaborated;
It served the lower classes especially, and more men than women. Simple wine
shops and slightly grander inns with beds and stables were everywhere, in towns
and villages and along the road. At some, strangers mingled, while others ...
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