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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Could be, I guess. The Scandal of JElfgyva.

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. After explaining how the tapestry recounts William’s victory, Thf begins delving into each mysterious element that was glossed over during his initial explanation.

It seemed much to subjective. I’ve been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry since I was a kid.

Surely you would not call him a King if the point is to portray him as a usurper. And Bridge only dedicates a couple of paragraf’s to explain it, hardly anything compared to how much space he uses to tell us about her life.

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The first half of the book is a pane-by-pane look at the tapestry and some of the very subtle highlights in detail. And what to make of some of the woolen characters who populate the piece: 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 details surrounding the Norman conquest.

The Norman Conquest is a corner of history I stumbled on to fairly recently. What plants did they use? Three and a half stars would be more appropriate, but I want to be stingy with my stars because I don’t want to come across as easy to please Reading the book gives you the chance to look at all the panels in such details, that are never allowed in Bayeux, as the people behind you would run you over if you looked at everything in such detail.

Why are certain virtually unknown individuals named on the tapestry when so little is labeled at all? Seen as a tapestry made at the best of Count Eustace in an attempt to get into the good graces of a former enemy and now ally of convenience in a particular historical context and period afterand informed by pro-English sources that cast considerable doubt on the legitimacy of the Norman claim to the throne despite the inability of the English to overthrow the Norman yoke, the tapestry takes on a sort of Greek or biblically tragic aspect in the aftermath of the death and dispossession of the Anglo-Saxon elite, already weakened by generations of efforts to free themselves from Viking invasions and conquest.


But is this true? Still, I want to encourage history fans and maybe even light fantasy fans into Games of Thrones style realpolitik to check out this book. A well researched and highly readable history and analysis.

Tracing the lives of William the Conquer Subversive art: This is the sort of book that is perfectly made for a reader like myself. I think I need to read this again, it was too much information at once.

The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

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 that Harold was under to make a feigned oath of gayeux, and the way that Norman historiographers made a biased case in order to gain papal approval for William’s English adventure.

After this the author spends several chapters giving a detailed historical background of the various hiddfn and images portrayed on the tapestry–the strange and deeply unwise journey of Harold Godwinson from the safety of England to Ponthieu and then Norman genteel captivity, the dark meaning of the fox and crow, the English decision to give the throne to Harold despite a large number of possible rulers, the invasion of both the Norwegians and Normans and the long and difficult course of the battle of Hastings.

But isn’t so much more fun to think perhaps it isn’t? Reader, I was hooked, and hicden you’re a fan of the Bayeux Tapestry, of speculative non-fiction, or just want a good read, well told, this book’s for you.

And yet very few are named, not to mention there are so few women although one of them is named although nobody knows which one she is. May 06, Meredith rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jun 05, Maeley Brown rated it really liked it. David Roffe’s analysis of royal thegns includes the pre-conquest Alan among them.

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I’m still looking for the book about the sewing techniques used on the Bayeux Tapestry – all I’ve found to date is: Andrew Bridgeford delves into the Bayeux Tapestry is detail, divining the hidden messages and stories woven into but hidden by the tapestry. After all sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Good history on Normandy invasion and William the Conqueror ascent to power. Andrew Bridgeford sets out to change the popular opinion of the Bayeux Tapestry and being a Norman celebration of the conquest of England.

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I really liked the descriptions of the Bayeux Cathedral and crypt which I visited in Jun 23, Lynne rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed reading this, and I’m now working on tracking down a number of his sources from the very helpful notes and bibliography to read them, too.

The first half of the book was riveting. Evidently this was a grave mistake. Unlike “The Davinci Code”, the underlying subtext is actually plausible, and gave me an even greater understanding of the players involved and the impact the Norman Conquest had on the people of England and France than I had initially realized.

The Patronage of the Bayeux Tapestry. Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror There was, however, two things that made me pause and think. I generally approach historical nonfiction with a little trepidation; I have found I don’t know as much about history as I would like and am often a little befuddled when names of people and places are thrown around willy-nilly and I am expected to know who they are and why they’re important.

On one level this book is a stellar piece of art history [1] examining one of the most famous artifacts of the world, the Bayeux tapestry, one of those artifacts that is so well known that people think mistakenly that everything about it is known and has been said. It was very refreshing. Interesting backstory to the Norman Conquest, the people who feature in the embroidery not actually a tapestry, and the battle itself. Was it Odo, the worldly Bishop of Bayeux, who is shown rallying troops at Hastings, the same Odo who was the half-brother of William who wanted the hanging for his cathedral?

The second half of the book looks at possible origins I’ve been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry since I was a kid. Return to Book Page.

Bridgeford’s writing style is very clean and engaging, with a little hsitory and irony at times that I enjoyed. I’m concerned that there is an awful lot of assumption-making especially Bridgeford is a gifted amateur historian who raises interesting question about the meaning and sponsorship of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. White shields also occur in the sieges in Brittany and two are at the prow of a ship during the Channel Crossing. Before reading this book, in FebruaryI had never heard of the Bayeux Tapestry, and if I had not stumbled over it in Westminster Abbey’s bookshop, it would have been very unlikely I would ever