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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The sharp insecurities that the landless faced meant that families tended to
fragment as they scrambled to survive.8 URBAN SOCIETY City life differed
sharply from country life in scale and tempo. Density did not make the difference,
Elizabeth Storr Cohen, Thomas Vance Cohen. domestic structure, an Italian
Renaissance innovation. In the rest of Europe, the medieval elite, being rural,
had invested little in urban real estate. The Renaissance skyline was very unlike
Similarly, for need and pleasure, lower-status urban women moved about streets
alone. HOUSES AND PALACES AS SPACES Houses varied hugely in structure,
shape, and size. Since every region had its own architecture, general remarks ...
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