|01||01||In The Beginning||20020613||20020825|
The stone circle at Avebury bears witness to the beliefs of our earliest forebears.
|01||02||The Voyage Of The Coracle||20020620||20020901|
He traces the links between 6th-century Irish monks and the desert fathers in Egypt.
|01||03||A Long Way From Home||20020627||20020908|
He explores the spirituality of the Roman missionary period in Anglo-Saxon England.
|01||04||In The Company Of Friends||20020704||20020915|
The 12th century saw a huge increase in monasticism.
|01||05||Mystics And Madwomen||20020711||20020922|
Did the views of two 14th-century women mark them out as early feminists?
|01||06 LAST||From The Image To The Word||20020718||20020929|
William Dalrymple, with guest A S Byatt, investigates the roots of spirituality in Britain.
The traumatic impact of the Reformation.
|02||01||The World Turned Upside Down||20031124||20040328|
William Dalrymple visits London's Banqueting House, scene of the execution of Charles 1st, and learns about the social and spiritual anarchy that followed the Regicide.
|02||02||God And The Air Pump||20031201||20040404|
William Dalrymple gets to grips with a seventeenth century piece of experimental machinery, and assesses the impact of the New Science on the belief in fairies, the philosopher's stone and a miracle-working God.
|02||03||The Woman Clothed With The Sun||20031208||20040411|
William Dalrymple encounters two very different eighteenth century visionaries, the artist and poet William Blake, and Devonshire prophetess Joanna Southcott.
He learns how they drew on contemporary millennial longings to articulate their vision of a new Jerusalem in England.
|02||04||Black, Two Sugars||20031215||20040418|
To the Evangelical missionaries and Empire builders of the nineteenth century, God was an Englishman.
William Dalrymple learns how the Victorians saw the British Empire as God's way of making himself known to the world.
|02||05||Apes, Angels And Apparitions||20031222||20040425|
The Origin of the Species contributed to a general crisis of faith in Victorian Britain.
William Dalrymple finds out how the Victorians turned to both technology and the sťance to answer the question that dominated their age - are we apes, angels or apparitions?
|02||06 LAST||The Times They Are A-changing||20031229||20040502|
William Dalrymple asks how secular a nation Britain now is, and whether religion has any part to play in its future.