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 Venice, where by civic constitution all members of the elite theoretically were
equals, in the official absence of hierarchy, etiquette posed problems. Moryson
remarked that two gentlemen meeting in the street would raise their hats and
Meanwhile, the Virgin, babe in lap, smiled down from many street corners or sat
in a little roadside shrine, where citizens paid their respects with small gifts and
burning candles. These madonnas were legion; Venice had more than four ...
The basic Urban Settings: Pleasures of eating, drinking, sleeping, and keeping
Homes, Streets, company often took place at home. Occasionally there Taverns,
and would be parties, celebrating Carnival or a wedding. Brothels But recreation
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