German Peasants Dbq

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The German peasants’ revolts during 1524-1526 were caused by the peasants wanting to end their serfdom .The responses to the peasants’ revolts were condemnation and negatives views by religious authority. German peasants’ revolts were caused by the peasants wanting to end their serfdom. (Doc.2, 3, 4) .In document 2, Sebastian Lotzer states that peasants believed that their lords shouldn’t force more work on peasants. Peasants and lords made an agreement that lords should ask for is needed of the peasant and the peasant shall do as it’s told. If more work is oppressed on the peasant he/she should be compensated for their work. In document 3 ,the Peasant Parliament of Swabia states the views of the peasants. Peasants feel as Christians,…show more content…
The townspeople are the one who open the town’s gates and let them in. In document 11, Count Wilhelm von Henneberg stated that the peasants attacked religious orders and monasteries, taking their food and drink. After all was finished they looked upon the nobles taking and burning what they owned. Religious authority such as Martin Luther and Lorenz Fries made negative responses to the revolts (doc.7 and 8). In document 7, Martin Luther condemns the behavior of the peasants calling them mad dogs .Martin Luther’s response is unpredictable because the peasants used his ideas for inspiration and Luther turns against them .He wanted no part in their revolt. Luther is known for his posting of 95 theses on the Castle Church doors in 1517, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. In document 8, Lorenz Fries states that peasants were heard publically saying that believed that they are brothers to one another and that they believed that the rich should share their wealth with the poor. All in all, the cause of the German peasants’ revolts was them wanting to end their serfdom .The responses were negatives views by religious authority and
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