The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry

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The Bayeux Tapestry was embroidered in the late 11th century. As an artefact, it is priceless, incomparable - nothing of its delicacy, texture, let alone wit, survives from the period. As a pictorial story it is delightful: the first feature-length cartoon. As history it is essential: it represents the moment of Britain's last conquest by a foreign army and celebrates the Norman victory over the blinded Saxon Harold. Or does it ?
Publisher: London ; New York : Fourth Estate, 2004.
ISBN: 9781841150406
Characteristics: viii, 354 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map, genealogical table ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Ten sixty-six


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Apr 14, 2017

Absolutely Fascinating!
A must read!
Very helpful for a report!

Feb 18, 2015

1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry --- by --- Andrew Bridgeford. The tapestry is unlike any other. It reads like a document in embroidered pictures that depict a pivotal moment in, at least, the history of Britain. In considerable detail, it tells the tale of the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066. Bridgeford’ book, which, incidentally, contains a colour-photograph pictorial representation of the entire tapestry (which, incidentally, in my opinion is far too small to be interpreted in many of the finer details) tells the tale of the invasion as depicted on the tapestry. But it does so in the historical context; it provides the detail of who the figures are (only 4 on the entire tapestry are identified by name) who were they; what was their relationship to one another; why was the tapestry produced; who is responsible for its creation; where, when and why was the tapestry produced; what were the unusual circumstances that allowed such a remarkable work to survive, largely unscathed, through such a long stretch of turbulent history. Indeed, Bridgeford tells the tale of a most remarkable artifact. And he does so in a remarkably accessible manner. We so often expect that books on esoteric and “old” subjects must be remote and difficult to follow. This is certainly not the case with 1066. Indeed, in parts, it almost reads like historical action fiction set at the beginning of the previous millennium. I give this book a firm thumbs-up.

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