The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry

Book - 2005
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For more than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history's greatest dramas: the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror and the victorious Normans. But is this true? In 1066, a brilliant piece of historical detective work, Andrew Bridgeford reveals a very different story that reinterprets and recasts the most decisive year in English history.

Reading the tapestry as if it were a written text, Bridgeford discovers a wealth of new information subversively and ingeniously encoded in the threads, which appears to undermine the Norman point of view while presenting a secret tale undetected for centuries-an account of the final years of Anglo-Saxon England quite different from the Norman version.

Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent 11th century in western Europe, a world of ambitious warrior bishops, court dwarfs, ruthless knights, and powerful women. 1066 offers readers a rare surprise-a book that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new light on a pivotal chapter of English history.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2005
ISBN: 9780802714503
Characteristics: [xiv], 354 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., 1 map ; 23 cm


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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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