How would you answer these questions?!Watch
a) How effectively did Ferdinand and Isabella's Dual Monarchy establish royal control over Spain?
b) 'Revolts and opposition within Spain seriously challenged Charles I's rule.' Assess the validity of this view with reference to the years 1517 to 1529.
For a- my thesis was that Ferdinand and Isabella implemented successful joint policies (dual monarchy) in order to subdue and placate threats to their rule, hence establishing effective control. My counter-thesis was that 1) they were not dual monarchs and 2) this inconsistency between them meant that these threats were not effectively dealt with and they had not, therefore, managed to establish effective royal control.
For b- my thesis was that revolts seriously challenged Charles' rule as they were anti-Charles (he was the sole cause) and this meant that he failed to consolidate his authority early on in his reign. My counter-thesis included 1) the revolts were actually beneficial because of x and y and 2) other things were more of a challenge in his reign, eg- finance.
How does this sound? Would you have done something similar? Any feedback is much appreciated!
It sounds really good. Well polanned out and grounded. Now just have to pull it all together