Peasant Revolts DBQ

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During the 16th century in Germany the peasants began to feel and notice the unfair treatment from all non-peasants. They became so frustrated with their unfair treatment that they began to form groups and revolt against the upper classes of Germany. If the German authorities were not so greedy they could have ended the peasant results with no trouble at all but instead they were greedy and the peasants took advantage. There were many causes that lead to the peasant revolts in Germany. One being that the peasants of Wurzburg believed that there should be equality between everyone (doc. 8). They believed that if a person were rich they should share with a peasant. This did not happen in Germany and lead to a peasant revolt. Lorenz …show more content…
1). If it were not for Luther the peasants would still be blind and not know what the lords were doing to them. According to Leonhard von Eck they are still blind in their revolts (doc. 1). They do not know what they are doing they are just fighting blind. Although the peasants are revolting because of Luther he does not like that they are revolting. Luther says that the peasants forgot their place and they should not have taken matters into their own hands (doc. 7). Martin Luther believes that the peasant revolts are a work of the devil and the peasants are not handling the situation the correct way and that anyone who joins these revolts is also under the power of the devil (doc. 7). During this time many noblemen would join the peasants because they could not handle the peasants themselves because there were too many of them so some nobles would join the peasants fight (doc. 10). The nobles would join because the peasant revolts were very violent and there were a lot of them (doc. 11). According to Pastor Johann Herolt the peasants scaled the walls of the castle, captured the countess and her children, plundered the castle, and then appeared before the town (doc. 5). This shows how savage the peasants were during these revolts. There could be some slight exaggeration in this though because of the fact that Herolt was a pastor. According to Thomas Muntzer …show more content…
The authorities in Germany were very greedy and all they wanted was money from the peasants. So instead of trying to stop the peasants they tried to make some money off of them. According to the Reply of the Memmingen Town Council, the lords purchased their position in society for a large sum of money and for the peasants not to be peasants anymore they must do the same (doc. 4). The peasants also did not pay respect to all German authorities because they believed only some authorities were chosen by God and those were the ones that they would listen to (doc. 3).
During this whole series of revolts, the peasants’ actions were looked upon as unchristian and just plain terrible (doc. 12). The peasants were angry and they finally realized that they were being taken advantage of and that they could do something about it. The peasants began revolting on the powers of Germany and became very savage. They would just let loose on all of

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