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Renaissance Secrets: Venice - A Second-hand City?
This programme looks at the exotic Italian city of Venice. It begins with a quote by pioneering early traveller Thomas Coryat, who described Venice as a city of opulence and wealth. But Patricia Allerston, Professor in Early European History at Edinburgh University suggests that Venice was a second-hand city. The second-hand trade in Venice was well established, with clothing and furniture regularly borrowed and rented. Jews were seen as a threat to Christianity, and in Venice a ghetto was created. But despite this, there appears to be evidence of Venetian Jews being protected. Expensive fabrics were reused and refashioned many times to keep up with new styles. Records of rented clothing hint at how women were lured into prostitution. Courtesans were well educated and less obvious than wealthy women. Rules drawn up in 1543 determined what the courtesans could wear.
29th October 2001
File Name ..........: Renaissance Secrets - Venice, A Second-hand City(vhsrip)-thebox.bz.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 248.52 MB
Video Length .......: 00:29:06
Video Codec Name ...: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate ......: 1065 KB/s
Resolution .........: 608 x 384
Aspect Ratio .......: 1.58:1
Framerate ..........: 25 FPS
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