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Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 3: Medieval Death

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor shows how churches were designed to give medieval people a way to escape death, with their Judgement scenes, cadaver tombs and crucifixion depictions. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 4: Reformation: Chaos and Creation

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor tries to understand the intense medieval devotion to the Virgin Mary and how this fuelled the anger of the Reformation that followed. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 5: Restoration and Reason

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor finds that churches from the Age of Enlightenment reflect the intellectual excitement, vigour and potential for conflict of a turbulent time. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 6: The Victorians and After

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor discovers how medieval imagery made a surprise return to Victorian places of worship and how WWI brought back the commemoration of the dead. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 1: Dark Beginnings

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor visits Britain's early medieval churches to find out why the Anglo-Saxons and Normans continued to fill their sacred buildings with pagan images. Show more

Churches: How to Read Them

Episode 2: Medieval Life

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Richard Taylor uncovers evidence that shows how and why our parish churches came to play such a crucial role in the everyday life of the Middle Ages. Show more