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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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 tapeztry people of England and France than I had initially realized. The Norman Conquest is a corner of history I stumbled on to fairly recently.

Andrew Bridgeford sets out to change the popular opinion of the Bayeux Tapestry and being a Norman celebration of the conquest of England. 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. The history of human beings, especially individuals within a culture, is fascinating to me; so I see this book as a jumping off point for further learning.

Reader, I was hooked, and if you’re a fan of the Bayeux Tapestry, of speculative non-fiction, or just want a thd read, well told, this book’s for you. This event changed the course of history. Who is the dwarf Turold and does he have something to do with the beginning of early French literature?

Tapesyry Art and Embroidery. Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror and the thd Normans.


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

Mar 05, Cassie Rodgers rated it liked it. I had thought it was made for the Bayeux Cathedral, and this was untrue. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sep 06, Nathan Albright rated it historyy was amazing Shelves: Bridgeford touches on all of these questions and goes into depth.

Jun 05, Maeley Brown rated it really liked it. The author’s explanations and descriptions had me studying an online copy of the Tapestry while I read and I’m hoping I get to see the actual work one day.

I will admit that at times the bits and pieces he attempts to weave together do get a bit thin. Good history on Normandy invasion and William the Conqueror ascent to power.

I nistory know the history of William or Harold or the Battle of Hastings.

I’ve been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry since I was a kid. A curious reference in Domesday to a Pre-conquest landholder at Wyken in Suffolk, most unusually named Alan, brings to mind that Eudon’s son Alan Rufus, founder of Richmond and Boston, was buried in by King Edward’s physician Baldwin at St Edmund’s, in the yard of un church serving the parish that contains Wyken.

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

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Summed up like so, the story doesn’t sound that thrilling. With little evidence to form any conclusions, here would have been a great time uistory present personal theories.

The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

Maybe it’s this unease with ambiguity that leads us to make histories, to get down on pa When the “Sopranos” ended last year, the show simply cut to black in the middle of a scene. 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.


The book spends a similarly brief amount of time recounting William and Harold’s politicking and eventual slugfest, and I was initially disappointed with “” when it failed to embellish the events of the Norman Conquest with details I hadn’t learned before.

The first half of the book tells about how this was discovered and tries to interpret the tapestry itself, while the second half tje to figure out who commissioned it.

What of the woman Aelfgyva and the priestly caress she receives while below her a nude man points up at both of them? 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 All in all it seems far fetched.

In an often riveting but ultimately unconvincing revisionist account drawing on the work of other scholars as well as on contemporary accounts of events, Bridgeford, a British lawyer, argues that the tapestry was more likely designed by English monks at St.

He completely fails to convince me that this woman is the supposed to be the mistress of King Cnute of Denmark and the mother of Hardacnut. It tells of the events happening in the last days of King Harold’s reign over England, the Battle of Hastings, and the ascent of William to the throne.

Feb 09, Scott rated it really liked it. Starts off interesting, soon gets tedious.