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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Dec 16, Patrick Hurley rated it really liked it. White shields also occur in the sieges in Baueux and two are at the prow of a ship during the Channel Crossing. The first half of the book was riveting. Here he is only given the title of Earl, which makes is gidden that he should be King Harold on the Bayeux Tapestry if it was in fact a Norman celebration, that should also be used to descredid Harold.

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

As the book started out I was very eager to read it, drinking 1606 all the history and mystery of it all. This is an insightful look into the lives and motivations of all of the participants of the Norman Conquest. In fact, as author Bridgeford points out, had William lost, the English language as we all now know it wouldn’t have been “English” at all, but closer to a Germanic form.

I really liked the descriptions of the Bayeux Cathedral and crypt which I visited in Good history on Normandy invasion and William the Conqueror ascent to power. And what to make of some of the woolen characters who populate the piece: These are astonishing and very new conclusions. I can see, how some of the things he hostory 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.

Later chapters are devoted to several of the mysterious figures who appear in the tapestry Aelfgyva, Turold and to more detailed coverage of the historical events depicted. Somethings will always have some mystery. I’m still looking for the book about the sewing techniques used on the Bayeux Tapestry – all I’ve found to date is: The Norman Conquest is a corner of history I stumbled on to fairly recently.

Surely you would not call him a King if the point is to portray him as a usurper. Mar 12, Mimi rated it it hiddrn ok Shelves: 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 author’s prose is as bayeud as the story. For example, Un 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.

As you might expect for a book that poses new theories about a year-old event about which there are limited surviving contemporary documents, much of the book is based on guesswork and conjecture, some theories better supported than others.

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?

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 was still an enlightening study of the embroidery we know as the Bayeux Tapestry and the times around it. I want to know what other stitches are used, what kind of wool thread, what dyes colored the wool – embroidery details, not history details.

Bridgeford’s book is brief but jam-packed with information, which his clear, direct style hidren easy reading, though I found the frequent repetition of his primary thesis a needless distraction from some of the many intriguing new points he was introducing. 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 fhe to know who they are and why they’re important.

I don’t know the history of William or Harold or the Battle of Hastings. In this case, I was delighted to find that my lack of expertise did not altogether hinder my enjoyment of a pretty impressive analysis of the Bayeux tapestry. I had thought it was made for the Bayeux Cathedral, and this was untrue. There is a clear distinction between these two, at least from a Norman point of view.

It seemed much to subjective. Bridgeford’s writing style is very clean and engaging, with a little humor and irony at 1066 that I enjoyed. The second half of the book looks at possible origins of the tapestry, the biographies of some of the individuals profiled in the tapestry and the mysterious re-appearance of the tapestry hundreds of years after it was created.

The fact that there was this fabric it really was a piece of embroidery not a tapestry that had survived for nearly years is beyond my comprehension. Tracing the lives of William the Conquer Subversive art: English women, more famous for their embroidery skills than the French, stitched a tapestry containing a covert anti-Norman message. The simple linen background and bright woolen colors of the Bayeux Tapestry have always been interpreted as a French tribute to William the Conqueror, celebrating his victory over England in with its depiction of soldiers, archers, ships and battles.


Minor te that have apparently nothing to do with the politics and war of the time are called out and named in the tapestry and Bridgeford illuminates who these people were by pulling in details from other sources. To ask other readers questions aboutplease sign up.

It is the burial place of Duke Conan I of Brittany, an ancestor both of William the Conqueror and of his Breton cousins who included his staunchest friends and most formidable foes. Return to Book Page. However, the most valuable of Gyrth’s manors went to William de Briouze, so he was likely the Earl’s slayer. 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 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.

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1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

Bridgeford does an excellent job of being objective, exploring all possibilities and not assuming anything. To view it, click byeux. But there are questions to still be had concerning much of this and Bridgeford takes us along for a fascinating ride through the intrigues, background, relationships and rebellions of those most involved in the story of Incredibly readable for its ths subject matter and enjoyable and engaging the whole way through.

I thoroughly enj Thank you to the author for introducing me to the tapestry, its history, the history of the Hidfen conquest and the fun detective work to untangle all the mysteries. Aug 07, Ellen Ekstrom rated it really liked it. In particular, the BT makes recurrent references to places and persons of Brittany. This was a terrifically fun read.