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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A house or, better, an imposing palace with Romanizing cornice and a
handsome portal made a statement to the world. Inside, furnishings were often
sparse, but wall hangings of gilded Morocco leather or tapestry were prized,
Where the land was steep, walls and terraces of earth or stone prevented erosion
and offered cultivation a level surface of shored-up soil. The Renaissance saw a
great spate of terrace building; the spectacularly perpendicular lemon groves of ...
The citadel was girt with stronger walls than the rest of town, a tougher nut to
crack. Customarily it sat on the edge, as an anchor to the circuit of walls. On its
townward side lay a zone empty of houses, a free field of fire, so that, were the
town to ...
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