A brilliant new reading of the Bayeux Tapestry that radically alters our understanding of the events of and reveals the astonishing story of the surviva. For more than years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history’s greatest dramas: the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in. 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 .

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The 12th century Jersey-born chronicler and Arthurian romancer Wace extolled the contribution of Eudon’s son Alan to the victory at Hastings, writing that “Alan and his men did the English great damage”. The survival of a remarkable piece of embroidery becomes all the more remarkable when one thinks about the political difficulties discussed on it and the bravery of the artist in showing a story that is decidedly less pro-Norman and more pro-English and pro-French than is often recognized, not least by showing the coercion bxyeux Harold was under to make a feigned oath of loyalty, and the way that Norman historiographers made a biased case in order to gain papal approval for William’s English adventure.

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Gave up after a few chapters. But is this true? One of the best things is that he emphasizes what is actually KNOWN versus his own speculations and the speculations of others – he presents his ideas as just that, not as gospel.

The tapestry is a very long, horizontal piece of embroidery that depicts events relating to the Battle of Hastings in I don’t know the history of William or Harold or the Battle of Hastings. But that is what tapestrry is in the tapestry – French. I spent a lot of time searching for items that were never found.

Books of the Week. This particular calendar had a great book,with its review,for everyday of the year. Indeed, I was led to this publication by observations of my own that together with Bridgeford’s insights expand the understanding of the depicted story.


Who is the dwarf Turold ths does he have something to do with the beginning of early French literature? I’m concerned that there is an awful lot of assumption-making especially Bridgeford is a gifted bbayeux historian who raises interesting question about the meaning and sponsorship of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

However, what interests me is not the battle itself; I’m most curious about those people who put in the hours to make the tapestry.

A few times too often, a hypothesis is posited without support, then idea and conjecture upon theoretical premise is stacked upon a hughly fragile foundation, but it w A fascinating read providing insights into the tapeztry surrounding the Norman conquest. Unfortuneately, they are also the most intriguing issues related to the Bayeaux Tapestry. Ina brilliant piece of historical detective work, Andrew Bridgeford reveals a very different story that reinterprets and recasts the most decisive year in Tapeshry history.

These things were not pictoral, which is Bridgeford’s greatest interest and, I repeat, largely subjective i. Scolland, the head of the twpestry scriptorium which was bbayeux for the quality of its illuminations, was himself Breton. It’s a really intriguing and accessible account of the Bayeux Tapestry er, embroiderychallenging the view that it was a piece of Norman celebratory work or propaganda and instead suggesting it was crafted by persons with more English sympathies.

Feb 09, Scott rated it really liked it. The author is careful not to overstate his position, which is good. He lives on the Isle of Jersey in the United Kingdom. Embroidered in threads of blue, green, scarlet, yellow, the artist who designed the hanging for that’s what the tapestry really is – a long and strip of e The Bayeux Tapestry is known to many as a footnote to William, Duke of Nistory conquest of England; it is a record of the Norman Conquest and that’s where we leave it.

Truly one of the masterworks of history and art.

The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry – Andrew Bridgeford – Google Books

Generally, I like to give books I want to reread over and over five stars. I thoroughly enj Thank you to the author for introducing me to the tapestry, its history, the history of the Norman conquest and the fun detective work to untangle all the mysteries. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Feb 26, Rachel rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


The second half of the book looks at possible origins I’ve been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry since I was a kid. However historians have noted that this was probably not accurate although if you were to go to Bayeux today, many of the residents would only recognize the tapestry as Matilda’s. To ask other readers questions aboutplease sign up.

Later chapters are devoted to several of the mysterious figures who appear hdden the tapestry Aelfgyva, Turold and to more detailed coverage of the historical events depicted. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Quite an excellent book. There is a clear distinction between these two, at least from a Norman point of view.

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

The other thing is the constant reference to the French in stead of the Normans. The history of human beings, especially individuals within a culture, is thw to me; so I see this book as a jumping off point for further learning.

Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

If you are a history buff and very interested in the English conquest, then you will love this book.