Michel de Montaigne Writing Styles in Complete Works: Essays, Travel Journal, Letters

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Perspective

The author is a Frenchman of the 16th century/ 1500s. He is viewed as being a French citizen although his mother is a Spaniard and a Jewess. He was a high class fellow. He explains to readers early on in the book that he was raised with gentle care. He was granted a marvelous education. During his lifetime, the European Continent was rife with feudalism. Essentially, this meant that the hierarchy of power was not fully and properly aligned. The checks and balances normally associated with different levels of government were not in place in the manner to which we are accustomed. A location might be attacked by a foreign power that it could repel without further support. If that other support never appeared, then the place might simply be subjected to foreign rule indefinitely. Likewise, lower class nobles might not refrain or desist from invading the territories...

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