Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death

April 2016

Ep1 - A Good Birth

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A Good Birth - Historian and author Helen Castor, presenter of the popular series She-Wolves, explores how the people of the Middle Ages handled the most fundamental moments of transition in life: birth, marriage and death. In doing so she reveals how people in the medieval world thought and what they believed in. For the people of the Middle Ages the teachings of the Catholic Church shaped thoughts and beliefs across the whole of Western Europe. But by the end of the Middle Ages the Church wou...

Ep2 -A Good Marriage

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A Good Marriage - Unlike birth and death, which are inescapable facts of life, marriage is rite of passage made by choice and in the Middle Ages it wasn’t just a choice made by bride and groom, they were often the last pieces in a puzzle, put together by their parents, with help from their family and friends, according to rules laid down by the Church. But as historian Helen Castor reveals in the Middle Ages marriage was actually much easier to get into than today. For the Church marriage was a...

Ep3 - A Good Death

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A Good Death - Most of the time we try not to think about death, but the people of the Middle Ages didn't have that luxury. Death was always close at hand, for young and old, rich and poor - even before the horrors of the Black Death, which killed millions in a few short months. However, for the people of the Middle Ages death wasn't an end but a doorway to everlasting life. The Church taught that an eternity spent in heaven or hell was much more important than this life's fleeting achievements...