Church of Rodel, Outer Hebrides
Photo: Jim Richardson
The 15th-century church of Rodel on the Isle of Lewis, buildt for the warlike chiefs of the MacLeods, towers over the sea lochs of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Nothing in early modern Britain, from its cities to its remotest corners, was more political than religion. The church in every parish - nearly always the most imposing building - was as much a symbol of worldly control as a shrine to God.