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Life as a Male

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A Drawing of the inside of an average peasant's home

As a male during the high and middle Renaissance, life was very redundant and simple for the peasants, but fascinating and tremendous for the wealthy. His class in the European society determined the life of a Renaissance male. The royal boys had a wonderful and easy life ahead, where food and women were abundant. Noblemen basically did as they wished, being that they had servants to do every sort of labor for them. Men were expected to live chivalrous lives. According to the "Book of the Courtier," men should be athletic, artistic, loyal, well read, and not give offense. This balanced out the noblemanís life to include sport, reading and relationships. They often participated as the leading acts in local theater productions, and threw great feasts in their own honor.

Peasant men were a different story. Not only were they not entertained by anyone, they worked all day long. Their food supply was meager, consisting only of coarse bread. The work done by peasants was difficult physical labor, done mainly for survival purposes. It was a type of farming, with shallow soil, that was not productive enough to offer the village a surplus. In order to live, they had to toil from dawn till dusk. Toward the end of the Renaissance, new farming methods were developed, making labor easier, and changing the lives of everyone. Within the craft trades men joined guilds of other craftsmen like themselves, sort of like modern-day unions. These would allow them to control the benefits of their trade, and would ensure quality products. This was helpful also because they could gain a part in the local government and protect themselves from competitors.

When the person could no longer do the work that they were required, they were more or less labeled as an elder or senior citizen. They didnít receive much respect and were looked down upon by the village and royalty. They were often thought to be crazy. The society in no way had an oligarchy, but rather a strong youthful governing body. Without steady income and no home, elders would often move in with children. When somebody was labeled as a senior, it became a grim reminder that they didnít have a great deal of time to live.

 

 

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