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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. The Black Death & the Renaissance
One of the deadliest pandemics in history, the "Black Death" is often credited as one of the major factors leading to the European Renaissance.
2. Plague Doctors of the Renaissance
During outbreaks of the black plague, city officials throughout Europe were forced to hire what are known as "plague doctors" to assist in the treatment of plague sufferers.
3. Renaissance Entertainment
In today's world the choices available to us, for entertainment, are limited only by our imagination. It was the same for Renaissance folk!
4. 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.
5. Renaissance Occupations - Health and Healing
During the Renaissance there were people who either made their living treating the ills and complaints of their neighbors, or supplemented their income with a little healing on the side. This article describes the activities of a few of them.
6. Renaissance Beauty Tips - Makeup
During the Renaissance women strove for pale skin so much that they risked their lives for it!
7. 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.
8. Celtic Renaissance Clothing
A common item of clothing worn by people in Scotland and Ireland during the Medieval and Renaissance periods was the Leine.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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