AP Euro Hist. DBQ essay
The power of Nobility
For many centuries, the lucky people were born into noble families. It didn’t matter if they turned out to be as great as their other family members. They were born noble and nothing could possibly take that away from them. The greatness of a person could only be recognized by which family they were born into. In the 16th century, this started to change. Those who worked hard and did actions worthy of being called a noble became one. Between the 16th and 18th century, the non-nobles could become nobles through heroic actions.
Around this time, the nobles were being questioned. The Villagers of Mondeville (Document 3) thought that the nobles used their title as an excuse to do commit bad deeds. This source is most likely reliable due to the fact that it was stated to the Parliament. This point of view is expected because of the social situation of these villagers. They would think of the nobility as the enemy, and in this case, it happens to be. Pierre de La Primaudaye felt a similar way about the nobles. He stated “There is no true Nobility except that which derives from virtue and morality.”(Document 2) The nobles should have their titles because of the good things they do for their people and their kingdom. His point of view is expected. He is a nobleman himself and he should know the truth about what it takes to be a true noble. Henri, prince of Condé, agrees with Primaudaye. He felt that the nobles had their power due to whom they were associated with. (Document 4) His view is expected because he is a nobleman. He must know what being a true noble is about. It’s not about whom you have on your side or the riches that come with the name. It’s about the services and sacrifices made. Melière, a non-noble playwright, passionately expressed his views on the nobles. He argued that the coat of arms and the background means nothing if the person doesn’t...