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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. 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.
3. Metaphysical Poets of the Renaissance
"Metaphysical poetry" is a description of a type of poetry ascribed to a group of English poets of the 16th and 17th centuries.
4. Renaissance Cooking in Italy - An Introduction
As with the rebirth of all things during the Renaissance, Italy also led the way with the revival of cooking.
5. Renaissance Clothing
The rebirth that happened in the Renaissance affected all aspects of life from politics to art to education and everything in between. Nothing escaped the change including the styles of clothing worn by the people of the time.
6. 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!
7. Short History of the Apothecary
When you go to a pharmacy, did you ever wonder about where they got their start? The shops actually got their start in the Renaissance, although the practive goes back much furthur.
8. Galileo Galilei
Galileo was a scientist and mathemetician in the late Renaissance. He made many great scientific and astronomical discoveries.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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