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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He provides a scene by scene descriptive account of the story unfolding on the linen, and makes some speculative observations that, while not conclusive, do seem to have some validity as to the nature of the tapestry. But the two points noted above do intrigue me. There is a clear distinction between these two, at least from a Norman point of view. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The presence of these chracters, the letter spacing on their names, the juxtoposition of decorative elements and a host of other semingly trivial details hint at a hidden message woven into the tapestry. What I was most interested in are the describtion on the tapestry. For more than years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history’s greatest dramas: Clues to Tony Soprano’s fate were sprinkled throughout the series, but the actual events, the definitive explanation, would always remain a point of conjecture.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I want to read up on the history and then try the book again. Why are certain virtually unknown individuals named on the tapestry when so little is labeled at all?

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

Several Bretons, Normans and Frenchmen had served King Edward only to reappear as rewarded members of William’s government. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Evidently this gistory a grave mistake. In the scene where King Edward’s shrouded body is borne to Westminster Abbey, the lower margin has a uniquely elegantly drawn red fox watching.

David Roffe’s analysis of royal thegns includes the pre-conquest Alan among them. All of these layers combine in the roughly pages of this book to make a wonderful account of a well-known tapestry that tells a different story than may first appear to be the case when its subtlety and design are taken into account. There was, however, two things that made me pause and think.


Still, I want to encourage history fans and maybe even light fantasy fans into Games of Thrones style realpolitik to check out this book. 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.

I enjoyed it another book borrowed and read electronically0 but I have a sneaking suspicion that “them as knows more about it” than me may feel the author’s conclusions are a bit over the top.

The book is organized so that the most concrete evidence is discussed first. 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. This text presents a new reading of the Bayeux tapestry that radically alters our understanding of the events of and reveals the astonishing story of early Medieval Europe’s greatest treasure. The author isn’t like Erik von Daniken or that nutter who said the Chinese reached Connecticut, in terms of the “reaches” he makes but the bit about the Song of Roland seems to be backed by rather lightweight research.

Otherwise I would look at it and my eyes would glaze over, but with the Internet, we can get an idea of what this looks like without leaving the comfort of our own homes.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Whom was it made for? Was it Eustace II of Boulogne, William’s rival who came along for the conquest in hopes of receiving some of the spoils? I spent a lot of time searching for items that were never found. The Norman Conquest is a corner of history I stumbled on to fairly recently. What the heck, I enjoyed it.

I would have offered hidven stars for this book, but for repetition and no conclusions; the author gives us familiar arguments, especially about Harold Godwinsson’s mysterious journey to the continent, when he is blown off course and lands in unfriendly territory and winds up a hostage of William, Duke of Normandy, swears the infamous oath that he will uphold William’s claim to the throne and then breaks it by being elected king of England later – but it is tantalizing, nevertheless, to read the suggestions of what the Tapestry really means and what is being depicted.

Aug 07, Ellen Ekstrom rated it really liked it. For example, I never knew that William the Conqueror’s men swept through northern England on a wave of terrorization and just how destructive their policies were to generations of Anglo-Saxons. 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.


Did they make and dye their own thread? This particular calendar had a great book,with its review,for everyday of hayeux year.

This was a terrifically fun read. English women, more famous for their embroidery skills than the French, stitched a tapestry containing a covert anti-Norman message.

The Best Books of The topic is exceedingly in 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 His main purpose tapfstry doing so is to explain the iconography of the Bayeaux Tapestry, challenging the long accepted interpretations of the embroidered tale.

Affects that will continue to linger for hidcen years to come. What tapeatry did they use? After this the author spends several chapters giving a detailed historical background of the various scenes 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 hhe fox and crow, the English decision to give the throne to Harold despite a large number of tapewtry rulers, the invasion of both the Norwegians and Normans and the long and difficult course of the battle of Hastings.

The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry. Is the tapestry merely a glorious work of Norman boasting, or is there a subversive Anglo-Saxon counter-story sewn into it as well? Bridgeford’s research reveals some tantalizing clues about these questions and more. Bridgeford attempts to do with the tapestry what deconstructionist literary critics have been doing for quite a while since the 70s: Somethings will always have some mystery.

Were they monks or nuns?

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

I don’t know the history of William or Harold or the Battle of Hastings. My library Help Advanced Book Search. But these are the only two points hapestry Bridgeford has me thinking.