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Here are the top ten articles for the Renaissance Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Renaissance Beauty Tips - Makeup
During the Renaissance women strove for pale skin so much that they risked their lives for it!
2. Games and Sports in the Renaissance
Organized sports as we know them today did not exist, but people have always enjoyed competition, in whatever ways were available.
3. Condottiere - Renaissance Mercenary Captains
"Condottieri" is the Italian name for mercenary captains who, during the Renaissance period, provided the bulk of the armed forces for the various Italian states.
4. Renaissance Popes
During the Renaissance the papacy was mainly run by the wealthy families of the time. These Popes were mainly interested in furthering their own and their family's interests and fortunes.
5. Lorenzo the Magnificent
Lorenzo de'Medici was the original Renaissance Man before such a term every existed. Hedonist, intellectual, patron of the arts, this son of the Medici dynasty had tremendous influence during the Renaissance and is credited with sponsoring the career of Michelangelo.
6. Renaissance Holidays, Festivals and Feast Days
During the Renaissance, holidays were much treasured not only for their religious significance, but for the extra opportunity they afforded people of the working classes to enjoy a day of leisure.
7. Galileo Galilei
Galileo was a scientist and mathemetician in the late Renaissance. He made many great scientific and astronomical discoveries.
8. Renaissance Occupations - Food Preparation
During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, food preparation was one of the duties of women, for their own families. In some instances a part of the job of preparing food was done by people outside the family, as a way to make their living.
9. Architecture of Renaissance Cathedrals
Renaissance architecture began first in Florence, Italy in the early 1400's and spread to the rest of Europe over the next 125 years. Some of the first, and arguably best, examples of this architectural style can be seen in the Cathedrals of the Renaissance.
10. Herbs in the Renaissance
A look at some herbs that were common in Renaissance Europe, and their uses.
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