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 a hierarchical society such as Renaissance Italy, social roles were typically
understood as standing higher or lower on a pyramid of prestige. In the same
spirit, our portrait, like most other historical descriptions, will begin at the top and
The company received formal papal approval four years after her death.4 RURAL
SOCIETY The economic base of rural society was agriculture, and land was its
key resource. Many Italians owned land, but, in much of the countryside, most of ...
Indiana University Press, 1998), or Henry Kamen, Early Modern European
Society (New York: Routledge, 2000). For society in specific Italian cities, see, for
example, Gene Brucker, Renaissance Florence (Berkeley: University of
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