Widows and Orphans: Chapter 15 focuses on a time when the individual thought they had conquered and understood everything about the world, living in smug harmony in society.
From multiple versions and revisions of the school textbook A History of the Modern World, artist Jamie Shovlin took the underlinings and highlightings from generations of readers as the basis for the chapter scripts. He worked with a group of young people in Lincoln to record the narration. Months were spent editing the visual material of the films to create a multi-layered experience.
Widows and Orphans: Chapter 15 script read aloud:
Man was a dignified creature, one of great capacity in his own right, living in a world that was understandable and manageable by him, and in which he might install himself with quite adequate comfort.
To assure peace and quiet in domestic politics the best means was to avoid raising taxes. And the best way to avoid taxes was to avoid war. Peace was almost as easy to make as war.
For Bayle, as for Montaigne, no opinion was worth burning your neighbor for.