||The Monarchs Coffehouse
As the intellectual awakening of the Renaissance continued, new centers of
social activity began to emerge. Frequented by a new middle class who lived off of the
expanded trade created by the exploration of new worlds, these new social centers became
places where the well-to-do could discuss the issues of the day with their peers. And
nothing fueled the discussions quite like a new product of the Age of Discovery: Coffee.
Similar to the growth of their modern counterparts, Coffeehouses were
sprouting up across Europe in response to not only the increased income and leisure time
of the merchant class, but more importantly, to the dramatic political changes that
effected nearly everyone. To the tune of nationalism, the monarchs were marching (some
would say trampling) throughout Europe.
In our efforts to learn about these changes, we will stage our own
coffeehouse. You will portray characters of the age, interact with others, record your
conversations and observations and compose a diary entry at the end of your day
summarizing what you learned.
We will spend two (2) days in the library researching your character. Your
research should focus on:
specific abilities that allowed you to attain and maintain your position;
relationships with other social classes (i.e. Monarchs, nobles, the church, the merchants,
the military, the peasants);
legacy to your nation and to Europe.
During the coffeehouse, you will be sharing this information with other patrons.
You should master your information well enough in order to converse comfortably with
others. As you give information in casual conversation, you will be learning about others.
It is this information that will be the ingredients of your diary entry. The diaries of
others will indicate how well you were prepared for the coffeehouse. You must relate
yourself and others to the Top 10 Requirements of an Absolute
You will need to speak with at least four (4) people during the coffeehouse.
They must include at least one from each of the two groups below:
of your occupation/social class;
of a different occupation/social class.
In addition, you will need to prepare one of the following to display or
distribute during the coffeehouse:
keepsakes that will remind others of you.
Grades will be determined by your ability to display appropriate social skills during
the coffeehouse, the entries of other coffeehouse patrons concerning you, and the diary
entry that you submit.
Choose from the following list of characters. Two people per character, as we
will be running two coffeehouses simultaneously.
Peter the Great
Catherine the Great