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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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I can see, how some of the things he says make a certain amount of sense, but to he did not convince me, that his was of interpreting the tapestry is the only one and the true one.

Indeed, I was led to this publication by observations of my own that together with Bridgeford’s insights expand the understanding 10666 the depicted story. I think his ideas are very good an Andrew Bridgeford takes a very thorough look at the events ofwhich lead to ib Norman Conquest of England. Several Bretons, Normans and Frenchmen had served King Edward only to reappear as rewarded members of William’s government.

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The emblem of Brittany is an array of small black ermine tails on a white background; it was probably beyond the embroidresses’ art to depict ermine spots accurately on such minute items as the shields they drew. You get the back story, but not a substantiated story, however. And who actually executed the work, and where? Apr 23, Rob Roy rated it liked it Shelves: A well researched and highly readable history and analysis.

Eustace is only depicted once, maybe twice, in the tapestry. Looking at the scene in the BT where Earls Leofwine and Gyrth perish, we see knights holding identical white shields converging on them and engaging in the fiercest combat of the whole battle, a foot soldier spearing an axeman in the act of striking a horse’s neck, horses tumbling and the Earls falling.


This event changed the course of history. I had thought it was made for the Bayeux Cathedral, and this was untrue. I didn’t know about this tapestry until I learned about this book in one of those desktop calendars: A fascinating read providing insights into the details surrounding the Norman conquest.

Sep 20, James Prothero rated it really liked it. I will admit that at times the bits and pieces he attempts to weave together do get a bit thin. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Sep 16, Rachel rated it liked it. In colloquial Breton “the red fox” is “Alan ar-Rouz”, precisely Alan Rufus’s name in his native language, a fact that Scolland would also have been acquainted with.

Dec 16, Patrick Hurley rated it really liked it. Bridgeford’s book is brief but jam-packed with information, which his clear, direct style makes easy reading, though Hisrory found the frequent repetition of his primary thesis a needless distraction from some of the many intriguing new points he was introducing.

The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

However, he may be too objective as there was not a real sense of an opinion for a question that will probably never be answered. Bridgeford attempts to do with the tapestry what deconstructionist literary critics have been doing for quite a while since the 70s: But that is what he is in the tapestry – French.

I had heard of William the Conqueror and the yearand that is all I knew. And what to make of some of the woolen characters who populate the piece: The distance in time is too far removed for us to be able to correctly assertain all of the relevant facts. Nov 06, BarbaraNathalie rated it really liked it.

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1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

What the heck, I enjoyed it. There was, however, two things that made me pause and think. This he bases on a largely subjective ‘reading’ of the scenes in the tapestry.

Bridgeford is a wonderful thee, and embues what might have been a dry, academic bayeuz with intrigue, mystery and page-turning interest. Or that he was the one who comisioned it for Bishop Odo of Bayeux. Truly one of the masterworks of history and art. 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.

I happily stumbled onto this fascinating look at textile as history. I spent a lot of time searching for items that were never found. Over feet long and approx.

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This was a terrifically fun read. For more than years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history’s greatest dramas: Preview — by Andrew Bridgeford. The author rejects the traditional view that the tapestry is pure Norman propaganda, though it can superficially be read in that way. His main abyeux of doing so is to explain the iconography of the Bayeaux Tapestry, challenging the long accepted interpretations of the embroidered tale.