midnight-ophelia (rhapsody89) wrote in little_details,

Women's rights and education in Renaissance Italy and other misc. questions

Well this officially marks the 3rd time I've tired to post something here. I always seem to do something wrong :| Anyways, even though this doesn't really come up largely in my Assassin's Creed fic its still there and I'd like to make sure it's historically correct as possible.  The history dork in me is compelled to find out.

Situation: My character Nerezza Corvi starts out in my story as a rebellious 15-year-old noblewoman who tries to go against  what's expected of her, has a friendship of sorts with Ezio Auditore (the main character for Assassin's Creed 2 for those who don't know), and later becomes an assassin. Based late 1400's and early 1500's.

Question 1: What sort of rights would a girl her age have? Like would she be allowed to be friends with a member of the opposite sex in a completely platonic way, or would it be something her parents would try to prevent? Would she be allowed to wander out by herself (I assume not and she normally sneaks out anyhow), or would she constantly have some sort of chaperon following her at all times? Would she even be allowed to really voice her opinions?

Question 2:  What kind of an education would she have as a young female? I know they would have a tutor but what exactly would they learn beyond normal domestic things?

Misc. Questions:

Question 1: What sorts of food would an upper class family eat?

Question 2: What was the typical set up for a Ren. Italian home? Was it sort of typical as other homes at this time?

Resources checked: I've tried google searches on numerous occasions. "Women's education in Renaissance Italy", "Rights for women in Renaissance Italy", "Food in Renaissance Italy", "Renaissance homes".  I've found a few things but more would be better :)

EDIT: I'm an idiot and for got to mention that she's Florentine.
Tags: 1400-1499, 1500-1599, italy: food and drink, italy: history, ~renaissance

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