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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2 Society: Who Was Who In Renaissance Italy, as in other premodern European
societies, people's life experiences varied according to rank, age, gender, and,
especially for women, marital status. Thus, to be a child, an adult, or an old
In this chapter we survey Italian society status by status, beginning with the clergy
, a social order with its own divisions and hierarchy that ministered to the
Christian flock. Next we turn to the countryside, where dwelled the vast majority of
For the nobility, work subverted status. So when lords sold the products of their
estates or oversaw commercial invest- Work and ments, to them it was not work.
Happy to strain and sweat Noble at fencing or the pursuit of deer and boar,
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Italy in the Renaissance
Who Was Who
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