Describe the cap as a physical object — what is it made out of?
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In the first units of our course, we read about the everyday life and structure of society in Early Modern Europe, as well as changing ideas about the power of the state and religion in this era. Historians normally only have access to sources written by those who could read and write — in other words, the elite and those in power. For this Primary Source Assignment, we will be putting two different types of Primary Sources side-by-side to see what we can make of them: a woolen cap worn by someone (perhaps an “ordinary” apprentice in Early Modern London) and a pamphlet published in 1595 to scold the apprentices who rioted against their living conditions earlier in that year.A bit of background on our two primary sources:According to the BBC (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., “Wearing a hat [in the late 1590s] was compulsory by law, and the kind of hat you wore was your badge of social identity. For us, this hat unlocks the language of social differences and takes us closer to understanding the whole structure of social control.” As for the riots and the pamphlet, the British Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. tells us that “in June 1595, around 1,000 apprentices took part in a riot on Tower Hill in London. The rioters were mostly very poor and they were protesting about the appalling social conditions of 1590s London. Their grievances included the scarcity and rising cost of food, the greed of the mayor and of other wealthy citizens, and the mistreatment of other apprentices who had been punished harshly for smaller demonstrations earlier in the month. The riot on Tower Hill was the largest uprising in the City of London in nearly 80 years, and was unusual in its direct criticism of the elite. Five of the rioters were convicted of treason and were hanged, drawn and quartered on Tower Hill.”To complete this Primary Source Assignment #1 – Everyday Life in 16th Century London, follow the instructions below: · Visit and explore this website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01gg8h6 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., Episode 8: “City Life, Urban Strife,” of the BBC Radio Series, Shakespeare’s Restless World.· Listen (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to the 13 min podcast there OR Read the transcript (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The website contains images, a description, and background information about our first primary source — the woolen cap made for a 1590s apprentice. Although you don’t have to read everything on the site, do spend some time examining as much of the information as you can, and be sure to listen to the podcast or read its transcript. (Listening is much more fun! Period music, actors, etc…)THEN,Read the short Primary Source Packet on our second primary source – the 1595 pamphlet called “A student lamentation”Preview the document.Take some notes on the following from the above sources:Describe the cap as a physical object — what is it made out of? Who might have worn it, and when — and importantly, how do we know?What can this cap tell us about social difference and social control in the sixteenth century?Now, describe the excerpts from the pamphlet, “A student lamentation” — what is being said? Describe its cover image, too – what do you see?How does the author of the pamphlet try to convince or persuade his readers?What does the pamphlet tell us about ideas concerning social difference and social control in the sixteenth century?What connections can you make between these two different primary sources (an object and a text)?Finally, in a formal essay form (not just answering the questions one-by-one), write your responses to the 5 questions above in a 1-page piece , and upload it here on page two of this learning module by the deadline for this week.Refer to the General Instructions for Primary Source Assignments for more specifics. If you have any questions, please email me. Have fun with the assignment!!Pamphlet (1595) – “A Students Lamentation”