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Upper Class & Lower Class Homes of the Renaissance
Transcript of Upper Class & Lower Class Homes of the Renaissance
By: Hannah & Christina
We are going to be talking about the homes in the renaissance. The rich and the poor homes, so you can see the difference and similarities. Enjoy!
The renter would not just give the landlord money. They would work for them a couple days a week and provide him/her with farm products. Then the landlord would sell the products such as grain, as a higher price than bought. The landlords owned the mills, ovens, and fish ponds so if someone wanted to use it they would give the landlord money so they were able to use it. The landlord owned some land but he would only allow themselves and their friends to hunt in the woods they owned. Landlords had it easy they were rich and the money kept flowing in. But they weren't just landlords, they often responsible for hearing and judging legal cases on their land.
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The outside of a poor renaissance home was made of earth stone or wood. It would some what look like a hut The roof was thatched and windows were rectangular holes, that had wooden shutter to cover them. Beside the house there was a fenced off area where they would keep their farm animals, such as cows and pigs. Which means it got pretty smelly!
Lower Class Homes~ Outside
Most of the lower class homes were very small. They would have a fire in the middle of the home because it was usually cold and the fire would warm the house. Though, there was a down side with that, it would fill the entire house with smoke. So you could not see anything! The average house only had 2 rooms. So you can see how small it was. Since the poor villagers did not have much money they couldn't afford a bed so they slept on the dirt floor. Eating was a problem too. There were some utensils, a bench, and a few tools. Life was hard as a poor person.
Lower Class~ Inside
Upper Class Houses
Upper class homes
Most of the houses are made from brick or cut stone. All the houses are in a row sitting on a narrow street. The owners called it "casa" meaning house in spanish. Many people thought it was castle-like. The home was cubed shaped making it strong and the windows on the top floor are square. Sometimes the homes had moats around them for protection. They didn't have much security back then.
The homes were very big and very
nice. They usually had a giant garden that was
well kept by their servants. The owner of the house
(always a man in charge of the house) had many
servers, painters, and architects to keep the house looking at its finest. Life was good as a rich person. You did not have to do much work around the house. But the costs add up. The average upper class home was worth 3,500 gold florins (which is about 1,700$)
The homes had many rooms including one just for music!
Many of the rooms had fine hand crafted wood, beds, tables, and cupboards.
The windows were small with thick walls.
The whole house was furnished with fine material.
In these houses everything was first class.
For decoration they had oil paintings,portraits, sculptures, novelties, glass mirrors, and printed books.
The curtains were very expensive.
The silverware was made with real silver, the tablecloths were silk and their mattresses were all stuffed.
But only 5-6% of the population got to expensive this life. Most of the rich people were popes, bishops, and cardinals.
The lighting was very dim
People of wealthy homes collected gems, cameos, coins, portrait medals, ancient artworks, and books.
Used columns as support and strength.
Most serfs could not live on their own so they moved to the country side to live in an home and have a normal life. The government or charitable groups maintained simple row houses or apartments. So they rented the apartments like people do today. The homes were much better then the ones they lived in before. The rent was low or sometimes free if they did work for the landlord.
• People of wealthy homes collected gems, cameos, coins, portrait medals, ancient artworks, and books.
Wealthy people liked to display gentle manners and education in their home.