Daily Life in Renaissance Italy

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - History - 316 pages
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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 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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Contents

Italy in the Renaissance
1
Society Who Was Who
17
Dangers
41
Family and Other Solidarities
53
Hierarchies
71
Moralities Honor and Religion
89
Keeping Order
109
Media Literacy and Schooling
127
Life Cycles From Birth Through Adolescence
177
Life Cycles From Marriage Through Death
199
Houses Food and Clothing
215
Disease and Healing
239
Work
253
Play
275
Last Words
295
Resources and Bibliography
299

Spaces
147
Time
163

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ELIZABETH S. COHEN is Associate Professor of History at York University in Ontario. She is co-author, with Thomas Cohen, of Words and Deeds in Renaissance Italy.

THOMAS V. COHEN is Associate Professor of History at York University in Ontario. He is co-author, with Elizabeth Cohen, of Words and Deeds in Renaissance Italy.

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