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Daily Life during the Renaissance

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Caroline Kowalchyk

on 11 December 2012

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The Church Jobs Most men could make a living off
of doing almost anything. They
could become a merchant, a farmer,
an artist, study science, math, or
medicine, become a part of a
brotherhood with the church or be a teacher. Women were always expected to look their best. They wore nice dresses and had servants to do their hair for them if they were rich enough. all of the clothes were handmade of course it were very difficult to keep clean. Generally the richer you were the more clothes you had, along with better looking clothes and cleaner clothes. Clothing Weddings Weddings were, mostly, a social arrangement keeping two families together. The people that came to the weddings expected to be entertained and be fed. One thing that is different is that people were married by magistrates, not priests. It was believed by most men that the women belonged in the home and when they ventured out of the home and into the world it went against the laws of nature. Women were thought to be disorderly because all their senses revolved around the womb. Men, in order to control this disorderliness had women learn the arts and be kept in the home. Life for Men The English Renaissance The European Renaissance The Italian Renaissance Life for Women Women in the renaissance were expected to take care of the house and produce sons. Daughters were not wanted as much because they would need to provide a dowry which can be an expense that peasants can't afford to pay. Basic Necessities The Renaissance was the "rebirth" of art and culture in the 14th- 17th century. This began when merchants from Europe traveled and discovered other cultures and religions. They brought back these new ideas and experiences that eventually created a new european culture. This happened with the new inventions from the west being brought to Europe. Also, scientific and medical exploration caused many changes along with the renewing of religious philosophies. Women's Education High education for women was highly discouraged. Though a certain number of women were allowed to educated, it was only to hold subordinate positions. When brilliant women wanted to pursue a career and still have a home they would have to choose between one or the other. They could have a husband, children, and a social life, or they could study and withdraw from socializing. Life and Education for Young Girls Girls that were well-off got the same education as boys. Many could read in Greek and Latin and they could recite some poetry. They could also speak multiple languages including French or Spanish along with their native language. Ordinary girls received a classic education consisting of training in painting, music, and dance. When it comes to taking care of their bodies, conditions greatly improved. They took weekly baths and the change of body linen also occurred weekly. Their table manners got more complex and proper as the had introduced the fork to the table
After the plague, the peasants that survived could demand more money. More money equaled better food and better food equals healthier peasants. However, soon the fine meats and bread became reserved for the rich once again and peasants were forced to eat their daily supply of gruel. When Elizabeth became queen England was primarily primarily Protestant. However, during the Renaissance Catholicism was another popular religion, but Elizabeth's father, Henry VIII broke away from the catholic church. The church had everything to do with your lifestyle. You went to church usually about 2-3 times a week. Also, the religious leaders (pester, priest, father, etc.) were always at the church. They were there for "therapy" for people who were going through hardships, to offer help or advice, but most people came for confessions or to ask him to pray from them or a loved one. The men wore nice shirts, that generally contained many layers. They wore tights or some other trouser along with that. Men would add a hat, boots, coat, or sword for good looks if they could afford it. Peasant men would wear some sort of vest over a plainly colored shirt, pants, and work boots. The less money you had the less colorful and "outstanding" your clothes were. Education in the Renaissance: 1. Education started in the home with children learning their place, to respect their parents, asking for the parents blessings, saying their payers, learning table manners, and girls were taught how to be good housewives. It was frowned upon for women to expand their knowledge past the teachings of their mother.
2. "Petty/Dame" schools- these were schools for boys ages 5-7. Here they learned the basics of mathematics, reading and writing, and behavior skills.
3.Grammar schools- these were schools for boys ages 7-10. Here they would learn parts of speech, rules of grammar, English-Latin and Latin-English translations, and expand their knowledge of mathematics.
4. Extended Grammar Schooling- This was for privously educated 10-14 year-old males. Here they would study literature, Greek, religious education, and arithmetic.
5. University education- was split among different studies. Many men who continued on to the university level of education became scholars. Daily Occurrences: Theater was a very important part of life that everyone from begging men and women to the Queen herself enjoyed. People during the renaissance ate lots of bread and meat (that was either really fresh or really stale) and vegetables and fruit that you got from the local market or you hired servants to grow them. Lower class people ate "mystery meats" and "gruel" and never really got fresh food. England was becoming very powerful so the economy was good. This provided good trade and a variety of new inventions from all over Europe and from the west to be local to generally everyone who could afford the newer nicer products. Men could make a living doing whatever they pleased. Though most followed in the footsteps of their father. They could be business men, fisherman, or politicians if their social class allowed it.
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