Reading Response, After The Black Death
Read: Huppert, Chapters III-IV and the Estates lecture
Choose a question:
1. What is Huppert’s thesis in each chapter? What do the theses tell you about Huppert’s orientation as a historian?
2. What changes took place within the nobility from the Middle Ages to Early Modern Europe? Why, do you think, did privilege continue to exist?
3. Explain why ideas, customs, and practices that seem to be outmoded by economic and social change continue to exist in a society, including ours. What is their purpose?
Write your Reading Response. It should address the chapters in Huppert and the Estates lecture.