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Turning the Screw

Neil MacGregor on beliefs that have been outlawed because they have been perceived as a threat to the state, including Christians in 17th-century Japan and the Huguenots in France.

Neil MacGregor continues his series on shared beliefs with a focus on those faiths seen as a threat to the state.

A plain board, to be found on a 17th-century Japanese roadside, offers generous rewards to anyone who informs on Christians. At almost exactly the same time a print from France depicts the officially sanctioned destruction of a Huguenot Church just a few miles east of Paris.

Producer Paul Kobrak

Produced in partnership with the British Museum
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.

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Neil MacGregor tells the stories of some of the key objects in the series.

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