Daily Life in Renaissance Italy

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology
1 Italy in the Renaissance 1
2 Society: Who Was Who 17
3 Dangers 41
4 Family and Other Solidarities 53
5 Hierarchies 71
6 Moralities: Honor and Religion 89
7 Keeping Order 109
8 Media, Literacy, and Schooling 127
9 Spaces 147
10 Time 163
11 Life Cycles: From Birth Through Adolescence 177
12 Life Cycles: From Marriage Through Death 199
13 Houses, Food, and Clothing 215
14 Disease and Healing 239
15 Work 253
16 Play 275
17 Last Words 295
Resources and Bibliography 299
Index 305
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  • Posted October 30, 2009

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    Gotta love it, for history buffs....... A+ in my book.

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