causes and responses of the peasant revolts

Topics: Protestant Reformation, Protestantism, Catholic Church Pages: 3 (878 words) Published: November 6, 2014

The Peasants' revolts in 1524-1526 were caused by three main reasons: most peasants revolted in the name of Christianity, because of the Lutheran teachings of individual rights and the godly equality of all people, while others because of either the seek to end oppression from their tyrant lords, or because of financial trouble. As for responses, there was great variety in different groups, some, in favor of peace, proposed ideas that seemed reasonable but were deceiving, and others out of either whole-hearted support or complete condemnation of the peasants.

The majority of the peasants pressed that their actions were based on the christian, (Lutheran), teachings brought on by the Protestant Reformation. This can be seen in documents 3, and 8. In document 3, the peasant speaker states, with clear Lutheran views, that they have a godly equality that portrays they are as holy as the emperor, and that he should free them. This shows that the Protestant Reformation was indeed a cause of the revolts. However, the peasants showed Christian behavior, as to not be hypocritical, and were first willing to ask the government for help before using acts of violence to be heard. In document 8, Lorenz Fries suggests that the peasants, with the ideas skewed in the Protestant Reformation, had radical ideas that, because of godly equality, the government and peasants, being brethren to one another, should share their wealth amongst each other. These ideas of social equality came from those of religious equality of the Reformation. However, Fries has the bias of writing to a Duke, who was possibly effected by the Peasant Revolts, so the truth among the words is not truly defined.

As well as being caused from ideology of the Reformation, peasants revolted not only because of their new christian stand-points, but because of the offenses done to them by these nobles, bringing the want for vengeance on their lords. This can be seen in documents 2, and 9. In document 2 it...
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