Any mention of the Renaissance usually calls to mind great art, literature, and music; renewal and rebirth; exploration and discovery. Yet this period in history also saw widespread disease, peasant revolts, and invading armies. What life was really like in Europe from 1400 to 1600 is the subject of this highly informative, fully illustrated companion set to Life in the Middle Ages. A social history of how people lived and how society was structured, it provides numerous fascinating facts about the day-to-day details of how people of all classes worked and played, how they were housed and governed, what troubles they faced, and much more. Each volume focuses on one class or segment of society, including the city, countryside, court, and church. From the illustrious to the beggarly, from kings and queens to commoners and peasants, Life in the Renaissance reveals the complexities and social structure of an amazing period of western civilization.