Renaissance Life & Society Period 5

Renaissance Life &
Society Period 5
Project done by:
Trevor Lombardi
Michael Gaccione
Milad Mirghahari
Joe Servidio
Mike Contreras
● Education became increasingly secular (less focused on religion) at the
beginning of the Renaissance
● Opened schools and wrote books on things that people needed to be
educated about
● Humanist schools opened, which taught the thought of liberal studies
could help people reach their full potential
● Many females didn’t get an education, and the ones that did would be
taught about the classics and taught how to play an instrument.
Family bonds were a great source of security
Marriage contracts included a dowry (a sum of money that the wife's
family gives the husband during marriage)
Parents arranged marriages
● Married young
● Were suppose to be servants
● Parents arranged marriage
● Were under control by men
● Even though nobles had a decline in profit at the
beginning of the Renaissance, many were able to retain
their land
● By 1500, nobles were once again able to dominate
European society
● Nobles held important political posts and served as
advisers to the king
● Nobles were held to certain social standards that
they had to follow
● The aim of a perfect noble was to serve his prince
in an effective and honest way
Peasants consisted of 85%-90% of the European population
Serfdom decreased because of the decline Manorial System
By the year 1500 peasants started becoming more free
● During the Renaissance, Townspeople made up around 10% of the social
● Townspeople were divided into three groups, the patricians, the
burghers, and the workers.
● The patricians were the highest out of the three, they had lots of wealth
from trade, industry, and banking, which let them to rule their
● The Burghers were the middle class people, were shopkeepers, artisans,
guild masters and guild members.
● the lower class were the workers, they either learned pitiful pay or were
unemployed. They usually lived miserable lives.