Compare And Contrast The Social Structure In The Renaissance

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Italian Renaissance is looked back today as one of the most important periods that has occurred in this world. It was the earliest manifestation of the Renaissance, as well it was the era of massive cultural change and achievement that started in the 14th century and terminated during the end of the 16th century. Many views of the Italian culture and society remained mostly medieval and the Renaissance didn’t fully develop until the end of the century. As the Renaissance started to develop it began in Central Italy and poured into the cities of Florence and Siena. As time surpassed it spread to Venice where the remains of Greek culture were gathered together, giving humanist scholar’s new texts. Social structure was a key part in the Renaissance…show more content…
In both structures we have a class system, lower class, middle class, and upper class. The upper class is an elite achievement that most average Americans do not reach. Same goes to the Italian Renaissance. They had an upper class that many people couldn’t enter as nobles lived outside the city walls and they also owned most of the city land. The lower classes are similar by Americans now a days that don’t go to college or are working minimum wage jobs are in a lower class or live in poverty as they have no financial support to back themselves up. During the Renaissance the poorest peasants were sharecroppers or jobs that require little skill and an incredible amount of manual labor. One unique characteristic that came from this time period was as the Renaissance went on the social classes started to vanish and become less valuable. This started to become less valuable because humanist ideas progressed and so did the rights for individuals. But in Florence and throughout parts of Europe the class system remained long after the end of the…show more content…
The reason why this was the golden age of celebration was because the Renaissance was attempting to forget the devastating times of Medieval Italy. Weddings during the Renaissance were more of a social contract of the two families getting married more than anything else. During weddings the Civil Officer or judge would be in authority and not a priest. Also, the poor would often try to emulate (match) the richest during weddings. Everyday food concepts during this era were the building blocks of our modern day food concepts. They had introduced new ingredients from around the world like potatoes and peppers. They also were the creators of the modern day fork. The wealthy that were intelligent would start to eat each meal on wood plates. While the fork was a great invention it was hated by the church. Jousting during the Renaissance became very popular as time prolonged. Jousting in its basic term means to “to approach or to meet”, in jousting there are two horsemen dressed in armor that charge towards each other with a blunted tip sword and try to knock off each other off the horse. The major themes in the renaissance really tied into the everyday
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