Q1: Could Europe in 1550 be called a “new world”? Why or why not?
Q2: Create a character for yourself who is on their deathbed in 1550 and looking back on their life. What structured their life and what changes did they witness? Be sure to think about where they were living and what class they belonged to.
Q3: What changed early modern Europe more: art and ideas, war, or disease and environmental change?
Q4: How did the Renaissance, European territorial expansion, and early religious reform demonstrate an urge to “purify” European society or return it to a golden age? Did this urge produce change rather than simple reform?