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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. 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.
2. 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.
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 Beauty Tips - Makeup
During the Renaissance women strove for pale skin so much that they risked their lives for it!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Renaissance Occupations - Skilled Craftsmen
During the Medieval and Renaissance Periods there were many skilled craftsmen that not only provided vital items of daily life but made a living at their craft. In this article I will look at a few of the more common skilled crafts.
10. 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.
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