Dbq Ap Euro Peasents Essay

1344 Words Oct 25th, 2012 6 Pages
Broderick Haney
AP Euro
Period: 1
14 September 2012
The Progressive Peasant Revolution Inhabiting the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century, the upper class considered peasants a mere subhuman. Conversely, Martin Luther, a German professor of theology, influenced reformation to the German state. This reformation focused on the peasants, especially the peasant revolt of 1524. As the revolution continued, the Peasant Parliament formed to coordinate activates and strive for optimistic results of the revolt. Consequently, peasants offered moderate reforms that were supported by the towns, but condemned by the nobility and the leading Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. This would be known as the largest uprising in Europe before the
…show more content…
This thoroughly convinces peasants unify against the authority because if they choose not to, God will surely condemn them for going against His word. The peasants’ use of religious beliefs to express their social and economic demands can be clearly seen when the peasants challenge the legitimacy of serfdom by stating “Christ purchased and redeemed us with His precious blood, just as He and the Emperor.”(Doc 3). By stating this, peasants are rejecting any higher authority bounding them to serfdom however, if that same authority has been appointed by God, then obedience will ensue. Additionally, the peasant revolt received a range of responses based on the different classes of the time. Responses to the peasants’ revolt varied within the intricate hierarchy of social classes. The towns’ responses were different from the nobles’ responses. The townspeople initially sympathized with the grievances of the peasants and shared their antipathy toward the nobles. Caspar Nutzel admits that the peasants “overstepped the mark” but reminds Duke Albert that they were provoked by the nobles’ excessive greed (Doc 9). This demonstrates how the upper class can incite the peasants simply by their own arrogance. This sympathy translated into support when the townspeople of Weinsburg opened the town’s gates so that rebellious peasants could plunder the local count’s castle

Related Documents