Balthasar Rusow, a Lutheran pastor, was naturally upset by the celebration of a Saint’s Day, since Lutheran don’t venerate saints.
Reliability & accuracy of each source referenced: you examine a source for its reliability & accuracy by questioning if the author of the document would be in a position to be accurate
How might this help you answer the question?
Niccolo Machiavelli’s book on the political tactics of a Renaissance prince was probably accurate as he observed the behavior of the prince, Cesare Borgia, for many years.
Tone or intent of the author: you examine the text of a document to determine its tone (satire, irony, indirect commentary, etc) or the intent of the author. Useful for visual documents (artwork/political cartoons)
In his great sculpture of “David,” Michelangelo wanted to convey the confidence, and even arrogance, of Renaissance Florence at the peak of its cultural influence in 16th Century Europe.
Grouping of documents by author: you show an awareness that certain types of authors, simply by their authorship*, will express similar views when you group documents by type of author
As Northern Renaissance humanists, Erasmus, More, and Cervantes all poked fun at the foibles and scandals of late medieval society as well as their own.