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By Elizabeth S. Cohen, Thomas V. Cohen

Detect what existence used to be like for usual humans residing in Renaissance Italy. How used to be their society equipped? What have been their houses like? What hazards did they face? those and different questions are responded intimately to supply the reader with a different view of the area of the Italian Renaissance. a large number of settings and socioeconomic backgrounds are awarded, from city existence to kingdom lifestyles, from upper-class to peasant-class, to color an entire portrait of the several lifestyles of the folk of this culture.Discover what lifestyles was once like for traditional humans dwelling in Renaissance Italy. How used to be their society prepared? What have been their houses like? What hazards did they face? those and different questions are responded intimately to supply the reader with a special view of the realm of the Italian Renaissance. a large number of settings and socioeconomic backgrounds are awarded, from city existence to kingdom lifestyles, from upper-class to peasant-class, to color an entire portrait of the several different types of lifestyles of individuals of this culture.Recipes, profiles of exact participants, and over forty illustrations aid deliver the interval to existence. examine what they ate, what their houses have been like, how they spent their relaxation time, what their paintings was once like, and lots more and plenty extra. sleek readers can be shocked to discover basic similarities among our lives this day and the lives of those humans residing over 500 years in the past, in addition to to find that a few of the perceptions they might have of this period of time are misguided.

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Accordingly, in the literature of the period, old family retainers are less c o m m o n figures than the tricky or deceitful servants w h o exploit their intimate knowledge of the household goings-on to please a grateful master or embarrass a resented one. Both males and females w o r k e d as domestic servants, with w o m e n increasingly o u t n u m bering m e n later in the Renaissance. For both sexes, service w a s often work for the young—sometimes children from age seven, b u t mostly those in their teens a n d early twenties.

Clerical status in the meantime entitled them to church benefices and exempted them from harassment for petty crimes. Great differences in power and affluence distinguished the many layers of this organization. The beneficiary of centuries of pious donations intended to support God's work, the church owned great wealth. The prelates at the top, the chief administrators of this great patrimony, had vast resources at their disposal. During the Renaissance, they were known often, though not always, for lavish lifestyles.

His career, however, especially early on, knew the vicissitudes characteristic of Renaissance business. For example, while he was en route to Spain as his enterprise's traveling partner, a role typical for young men, pirates robbed him of all his goods, including a consignment of pearls, and of his own clothes. His recovery from such losses followed in part from helpful infusions of capital in the form of dowries from four successive marriages. Later in life, he was honored to serve a number of posts in the city government; his election to the prestigious office of Standard-Bearer of Justice marked the peak of his career.

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