What Was the Social Structure of Florence During the Renaissance?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 9:43:32 AM ET
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During the Renaissance, Florence was a city-state ruled by powerful families. The social class system was characterized by four classes: the nobility, merchants, middle class and lower class. The city-state system was more democratic than other systems in Europe during that era because status was primarily determined by occupation instead of family lineage.