1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - History - 368 pages
For more than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history's greatest dramas: the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror and the victorious Normans. But is this true? In 1066, a brilliant piece of historical detective work, Andrew Bridgeford reveals a very different story that reinterprets and recasts the most decisive year in English history.

Reading the tapestry as if it were a written text, Bridgeford discovers a wealth of new information subversively and ingeniously encoded in the threads, which appears to undermine the Norman point of view while presenting a secret tale undetected for centuries-an account of the final years of Anglo-Saxon England quite different from the Norman version.

Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent 11th century in western Europe, a world of ambitious warrior bishops, court dwarfs, ruthless knights, and powerful women. 1066 offers readers a rare surprise-a book that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new light on a pivotal chapter of English history.
 

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

A well researched and highly readable history and analysis. The author rejects the traditional view that the tapestry is pure Norman propaganda, though it can superficially be read in that way. He ... Read full review

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User Review  - FPdC - LibraryThing

Before reading this book, in February 2006, I 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 ... Read full review

Contents

The Impact
2
Sources
19
Stitches in Time
26
The Strange Journey of Harold
48
The Fox and the Crow
66
The English Decision
98
Invasion
118
The Battle of Hastings
136
Eustace and the Attack on Dover
200
The Downfall of Bishop Odo
209
Turold the Dwarf
225
The Scandal of JElfgyva
246
Wadard and Vital
272
Bayeux Cathedral and the Mystery
295
The Patronage of the Bayeux Tapestry
304
Notes
311

English Art and Embroidery
155
A Connection with Bishop
162
The Tanners Grandsons
173
The Scion of Charlemagne
181
Count Eustace and the Death
191
Bibliography
333
Index
343
Acknowledgements
353
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About the author (2009)

Andrew Bridgeford is a lawyer and a historian. He lives on the Isle of Jersey in the United Kingdom.

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