The World of Renaissance Italy: A Daily Life Encyclopedia

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Author: Todd J. Wiebe
Date: Spring 2019
From: Reference & User Services Quarterly(Vol. 58, Issue 3)
Publisher: American Library Association
Document Type: Book review
Length: 449 words
Lexile Measure: 1250L

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The World of Renaissance Italy: A Daily Life Encyclopedia. By Joseph P. Byrne. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2017. 2 vols. Acid-free $198 (ISBN 978-1-4408-2959-8). E-book available (978-1-4408-2960-4), call for pricing.

This latest two-volume set from Greenwood's Daily Life Encyclopedia series provides an overview of everyday life and society in Italy during the Renaissance period. After the preface, a brief introductory essay, and chronology, volume 1 contains thematic sections spanning "Arts" to "Food and Drink." The second volume picks up at "Housing and Community" and concludes with "Science and Technology." Sections begin with a broad overview ("Introduction") and are then broken down into alphabetical sub-topical entries offering more nuanced explorations of each. The...

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