During the Renaissance era, many things changed around the people. New advancement in art and education gave life to new knowledge and more scholars. More wealth was brought in, which caused one of the most surprising changes in the Renaissance. The lines between the social classes of the time began to blur. And this was most prevalent in Italy, which was where the Renaissance began. At the top of the social classes were the nobility. These were the people who held noble titles, which were passed down through generations. They mostly served as either politicians and military commanders. Also, they owned most of the land on which the city was built. Next were the merchants. At the time, Europe’s nobility were very much used to controlling the money on social power. What wasn’t expected was the flood of wealth coming into Europe. This was so due to the increasingly wealthy merchants who controlled much of the international trade. This ended up with the growth of technology, the arts, abd thriving Renaissance culture. Merchants became extremely rich and powerful, and the nobility were very much against this. Underneath merchants were peasants and workers. These people were unfree farmers who were under the control of nobles and kings, and had to work for their land. Even the middle class could be considered peasants simply because they were below the higher listed classes.They actually had no distinction that would separate them from this class. Workers, also called serfs, were the lowest people in the kingdoms. These people include blacksmiths and craftsmen, who were dpendent on their workers. Workers had no protection over their role, so they can be fired or have their payment held from them if rules given by the employer weren’t followed. The only land this class owned was the land earned from higher classes. This was the main reason why they had no power over anything. This is so because at the time, money equaled power.