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Healthy Living in Late Renaissance Italy

Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey


The books reconstructs in great detail the efforts made by men and women in late Renaissance Italy to stay healthy and prolong their lives. Drawing on a wide variety of sources—ranging from cheap healthy living guides in the vernacular to personal letters, conduct literature, household inventories, and surviving images and objects—it demonstrates that a sophisticated culture of prevention developed in sixteenth-century Italian cities. Based on humoral theory it sought to regulate the factors influencing health. It centred particularly around the home and increasingly informed domestic routines ... More

Keywords: homes, well-being/preventive health, air, exercise, emotions, drinking, sleep, hygiene, humoral theory, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Cavallo, author
Professor of Early Modern History, Royal Holloway

Tessa Storey, author
Research Associate, Royal Holloway, University of London