17th Century Letter

My Lord God,

I, the angel Tip, must inform thou of a grave issue; the Divine Right of Kings and the monarchy of England is being threatened. As thou know with thy infinite wisdom, King James l, the current ruler of England, Scotland, and Ireland, is receiving some complaints from the citizens of the kingdom of England. Many of the humans in the middle class have grown wealthy and have gained political power through trade. I am afraid that they have become suspicious of the Divine Right of Kings. King James l lacks the physical appearance and power expected of thy wonders, my lord, and the people begin to dislike him. The Black Death killed many humans, and the middle class have doubts about wether King James l could have done anything to save them. The lower class of farmers and ordinary workers still believe in King James l, and the blame for the Black Death lies on the women who knew about medicine and who live alone. Witch hunts have began, my lord, as rightfully so. The Divine Right of Kings was threatened by these witches. They could cure the plague when King James l could not. Thou need not worry; the Divine Right of Kings is safe for now. But thou should know that there has been war between the Protestants and the Catholic church on bow to worship you, and that King James l has used the Divine Right of Kings to bypass the Magna Carta. That mortal has overstepped his boundaries, my lord! If he has thy blessings, then all is well, but if not… the future holds much trouble; the next ruler, Charles l, will rule without parliament entirely, and will drive the kingdom of England to the ground though tyranny, civil war, and poverty. The monarchy will be shortly ended, but it will be resurrected soon under the rule of Charles ll. There will be many battles, and the revolution of the people looms in the distance. My lord, I know not what to do. Please grant me some of thy advice! The future seems too twisted for me…
With sincerity,

thy loyal angel Tip

STEP Document of Learning


2. In what ways did your event follow the same trajectory as other events in the past or present?

The French Revolution was causes by the government/high-power/King Louis XVl spending all of the French kingdom’s tax money. The government/high-power/King Louis XVl tried to raise taxes, and the poor citizens decided to revolt and fight for rights. New technology was developed, and the monarchy was destroyed.

The changes of STEP (Social change, Technological change, Economical change, and Political change) apply to the French Revolution, as seen in the example wheel above. STEP can be seen in every historical event, from revolutions to wars.

Similar to the French Revolution is the American Revolutionary War. The American Revolution started when the high-power/British government decided to raise very high taxes on the Thirteen Colonies. The Thirteen Colonies, now known as the east side of the USA, wanted independence from the British government and decided to revolt. New technology and weapons were created, and the Thirteen Colonies eventually separated from the British government.




3. Does your wheel represent, or end in justice for those involved? Does it remain unresolved, or does it continue into another revolution? If so, which one? In other words, were the consequences of the event positive or negative? To whom? Explain.

The people of the French kingdom ‘won’ the revolution, and had a public vote on the future of King Louis XVl. King Loius XVl was beheaded, and the citizens of the French kingdom chose to become a government where they had power.

The French Revolution does not have a direct continuation, but it caused the end of feudalism across Europe, and led to the increase of individual rights across the globe. While there were some negative impacts on the French kingdom’s economy, the increase of the citizens rights and ‘voice’ in the government greatly outweighed negative impacts. In addition, the rest of the world (mostly Europe) was changed positively through the end of feudalism, causing the path of individual rights and freedoms that we know today.