Essay Topic 1
Feudalism was the dominant political doctrine in Europe in Montaigne's time, and the complex systems of interrelated heirarchies and social responsbilities affect his life and his writings greatly.
1) Explain the Feudal system as it existed in France at Montaigne's time. Explain its hierarchal system, and how is distributed political power. Explain some of the reasons that this system was so widespread and entrenched, and some of the unusual political situations that arose from it.
2) Discuss Montaigne's place in the Feudal system, and why he was promoted to mayor of Bordeaux late in his life. Explain some of the impact that this system had on his life and writings.
3) Assess what Montaigne's opinion of the system was overall, did he approve or disapprove of it, how and why?
Essay Topic 2
When Montaigne was mayor of Bordeaux, the city was struck by the bubonic plague, killing about half...
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