Two Essay Prompts: 1. After reading Natalie Z. Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerr


Two Essay Prompts:
1. After reading Natalie Z. Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre, seeing the movie, and reading the original account of Jean de Coras what can you say about the lives and beliefs of French peasants in a specific part of France in the sixteenth century? What was their work like? What were their beliefs? What was the nature of peasant popular culture? How does the book compare to the movie and to the original account? What is different in the book? How different and why?
2. Outline briefly the main characteristics of witchcraft and in detail the development and history of the European witch craze. What are the explanations provided by Levack and in class? Do you agree or disagree? You must offer evidence taken from the documents in the Course Reader to discuss the nature of witchcraft and its evolution from the central Middle Ages to the early modern period. References to the Malleus Maleficarum must be included prominently.


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