Author Richard Taylor examines how the imagery, symbols and architecture of English parish churches have inspired, moved and enraged people down the centuries
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How churches were originally intended to protect the altar and the rite of the Eucharist.
How and why parish churches played a crucial role in the everyday life of the Middle Ages.
How churches were designed to give medieval people a way to 'escape' death.
How the medieval devotion to the Virgin Mary fuelled the anger of the Reformation.
How 18th-century churches reflect the excitement and vigour of a turbulent time.
How medieval imagery made a surprise return to Victorian places of worship.