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Peasants and Townspeople in the Renaissance
Transcript of Peasants and Townspeople in the Renaissance
At the time of the Renaissance, the peasantry made up 85 to 90% of the population in Europe.
Townspeople consisted of:
Generally, the middle class townsfolk
received an education to pursue various professions.(Artisans, Bankers, etc.)
A noticeable change that was produced by the earlier crisis in the 14th century was the decline in the manorial system and serfdom
Manorialism- was the political, economic, and social system in which the peasants were made dependent on their land, and the lord of the "Manor".
By the end of the 15th century, more peasants were becoming legally free.
Peasants had no education whatsoever.
Many were susceptible to disease, due to harsh living conditions.
Children were lucky if they survived to adulthood
By the time a child reached adulthood, either one or both of the parents had died.
In many households, bread was the staple
food for lower classes.
Western Civilization Book
•Patricians- Worked in trade, industry, and banking, enabling a dominance in urban communities.
•Burghers-(shopkeepers, artisans, guild masters, guilds men) provided goods and services for consumption.
They also received enjoyed benefits such as learning to read, play instruments, and learning various things about their profession.
Due to earning more money, they also had a had a higher quality of clothes.