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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 Women of Influence
What makes these women influential is that they left their mark on the world in their own time and are still remembered today for their contributions.
2. 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!
3. Renaissance Occupations - Merchants
To really understand any historical time period it is essential that one has a firm grasp on the vocabulary of the times. In this article, the definitions for various merchant occupations are given and defined.
4. Bathing in Medieval Times
A look at how often and how the people bathed in the Middle Ages and in Renaissance times.
5. 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.
6. Donatello and the Art of Rilievo Schiacciato
Many works depicting a Madonna and Child were created as private devotional items. Donatello’s Madonna of the Clouds is one of several half-length Madonna reliefs that may have been in the collection of the Medici family or one of their contemporaries.
7. John Donne - Metaphysical Poet
John Donne is most commonly known as the founder of the "Metaphysical Poets." The term "metaphysical poetry" was first used by Samuel Johnson in 1744. It refers to the fact that the poetry dealt with philosophical specuation and abstract ideas, along with a great deal of irony, paradox, and strikin
8. Renaissance Beauty Tips - Makeup
During the Renaissance women strove for pale skin so much that they risked their lives for it!
9. 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.
10. 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.
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