The murals found in village churches in Denmark offer an exceptional view of that land on the eve of the Reformation. The images reveal a unique expression of belief in a land that accepted Christianity late and only with many compromises. The pictures approach the stories of scripture and church history in their own fashion with monsters and visions that are unique for their time.

Charlie Steen’s classes place historical events in context with art, architecture, religion, and other cultural aspects of a period. He teaches western civilization at UNM. He is the author of several books, including his recently published A Cultural History of Early Modern Europe. A graduate of UNM, he also holds a PhD in early modern European history from UCLA.