1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry 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

  • Title: 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Author: Andrew Bridgeford
  • ISBN: 9780802777423
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

    This text presents a new reading of the Bayeux tapestry that radically alters our understanding of the events of 1066 and reveals the astonishing story of early Medieval Europe s greatest treasure.

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    1. Hannah

      The most famous tapestry in the world isn't actually a tapestry at all, but somehow, "The Bayeux Wool-Embroidered-on-Linen" doesn't have the same kick, does it? This almost millennial work of art resides in the city of Bayeux in Normandy. Over 230 feet long and approx. 1.6 feet wide, the tapesty is a vibrant, colorful, stylistic representation of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings in 1066, in which William the Conqueror envaded Anglo-Saxon England, defeated and killed [...]

    2. Maja

      Andrew Bridgeford sets out to change the popular opinion of the Bayeux Tapestry and being a Norman celebration of the conquest of England. In stead he proposes that it actually tells the story of the conquest from an English point of view. This he bases on a largely subjective 'reading' of the scenes in the tapestry. I can see, how some of the things he says 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. [...]

    3. Oana

      Thank you to the author for introducing me to the tapestry, its history, the history of the Norman conquest and the fun detective work to untangle all the mysteries. 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. I also didn't know that Harold, days before before he met his end at the Battle of Hastings, thoroughly beat up the Vikings.I thoroughly enj [...]

    4. BarbaraNathalie

      I happily stumbled onto this fascinating look at textile as history. The tapestry is a very long, horizontal piece of embroidery that depicts events relating to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This event changed the course of history. However, what interests me is not the battle itself; I'm most curious about those people who put in the hours to make the tapestry. Did they make and dye their own thread? What plants did they use? Were they monks or nuns? Whom was it made for? The history of human [...]

    5. John

      When the "Sopranos" ended last year, the show simply cut to black in the middle of a scene. Fans were outraged at the lack of resolution, but the producers explained that viewers were supposed to supply their own interpretation of what happened next. 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. Maybe it's this unease with ambiguity that leads us to make histories, to get down on pa [...]

    6. Nathan Albright

      This is the sort of book that is perfectly made for a reader like myself. 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. One another level, this is a history about the Norman conquest [2] and the way that English society was drastically affected by that conquest in ways that reson [...]

    7. Ellen Ekstrom

      The Bayeux Tapestry is known to many as a footnote to William, Duke of Normandy's conquest of England; it is a record of the Norman Conquest and that's where we leave it. Andrew Bridgeford's book, "The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry" reveals what could have been another story: a subversive, pro-English commentary on the events of 1066. Embroidered in threads of blue, green, scarlet, yellow, the artist who designed the hanging (for that's what the tapestry really is - a long and strip of e [...]

    8. Therese

      $9.39A couple of months ago I had never even heard of this Tapestry or Bayeux for that matter. I had heard of William the Conqueror and the year 1066, and that is all I knew. The fact that there was this fabric (it really was a piece of embroidery not a tapestry) that had survived for nearly 1000 years is beyond my comprehension. 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. The research for [...]

    9. carl

      Subversive art: Banksy? duChamp? How about the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066? At least those are the thoughts of Mr Andrew Bridgeford in this title.This was a terrifically fun read. The author's prose is as enjoyable as the story. Mr Bridgeford details not only the accepted versions of Bayeux interpretation, but at the end even offers other possible conclusions in the final chapter to the one he gives throughout the book.Tracing the lives of William the Conquer [...]

    10. Marilyn

      What a wealth of information this book had written in to it! The Bayeux Tapestry itself, has quite a story it could tell, about all the places it has been throughout history. It s truly by the grace of God that it is still here to this day, to let us "read the story of the year 1066, in beautiful vivid color stitches, on linen." While not a tapestry, in all actuality it was carefully thought out, and lovingly stitched by hand.We also learn, as we read along that the story is not necessarily the [...]

    11. Eduardo

      Bridgeford attempts to do with the tapestry what deconstructionist literary critics have been doing for quite a while since the 70s: read, interpret a work (in this case pictures) in order to demonstrate that it actually means the opposite of what is apparently does. Bridgeford’s main idea is to suggest that this celebrated piece of historical art is at best ambiguous and it’s not yet certain it was created as a propaganda tool for the victorious Normans, as the English and the French have l [...]

    12. Nick Johnson

      A diverting read that presents the case (based on the work of a researcher or two) that the Bayeaux Tapestry is not a piece of Norman propaganda deifying William the Conqueror but a more subversive Anglo/French work expressing the view that the Conquest was God's revenge on the Godwins among others. 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 a [...]

    13. Scott

      A fascinating read providing insights into the details surrounding the Norman conquest. As you might expect for a book that poses new theories about a 950-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. 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 [...]

    14. Meredith

      Andrew Bridgeford takes a very thorough look at the events of 1066, which lead to the Norman Conquest of England. His main purpose of doing so is to explain the iconography of the Bayeaux Tapestry, challenging the long accepted interpretations of the embroidered tale. He comes up with some very interesting theories and clearly has done his research, but sometimes with 11th century history, you just can't prove things. Bridgeford runs into this problem at times. I think his ideas are very good an [...]

    15. David R.

      Bridgeford is a gifted amateur historian who raises interesting question about the meaning and sponsorship of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Despite generations' of belief that the work celebrates the Norman Conquest of England, his theory is that the work was commissioned by a non-Norman and includes a coded message that is antithetical to the Norman claim on the English Crown. These are astonishing and very new conclusions. I'm concerned that there is an awful lot of assumption-making especially [...]

    16. Carmen

      I first saw pictures of this embroidery in 1966, when my grandmother used the cover and article of National Geographic to show me how learning embroidery could be a good thing. I vowed to go there some day, and I have. By reading this book, I learned that many of my previous misconceptions were untrue. I had thought it was made for the Bayeux Cathedral, and this was untrue. Reading the book gives you the chance to look at all the panels in such details, that are never allowed in Bayeux, as the p [...]

    17. Paperclippe

      This took me MONTHS to finish and in retrospect I have no idea why. It's a really intriguing and accessible account of the Bayeux Tapestry (er, embroidery), challenging the view that it was a piece of Norman celebratory work or propaganda and instead suggesting it was crafted by persons with more English sympathies. Incredibly readable for its academic subject matter and enjoyable and engaging the whole way through.

    18. Rob Roy

      If you are a history buff and very interested in the English conquest, then you will love this book. I did, however, if you are neither, you will probably not get past the first few chapters. Andrew Bridgeford delves into the Bayeux Tapestry is detail, divining the hidden messages and stories woven into but hidden by the tapestry. Not for all, but a fascinating book.

    19. Patrick Hurley

      Interesting book. The author is careful not to overstate his position, which is good. The distance in time is too far removed for us to be able to correctly assertain all of the relevant facts. Somethings will always have some mystery.

    20. Lynne

      Quite an excellent book. The author translates the tapestry in a new way, consolidating the theories of previous writers with all the available evidence, to show that the needlework was not done as a propaganda piece in praise of the conquering Normans, but as a sneaky underground counter-history showing that William didn't have any right to the English throne at all. Bridgeford makes an excellent case for his theory, and finds documents more or less contemporary with the Tapestry to support it. [...]

    21. Zoe Porphyrogenita

      In this welcome reinterpretation of the Bayeux Tapestry (BT) from a perspective favourable to Boulogne and its Count Eustace II, Andrew Bridgeford assembles evidence from a wide range of pertinent medieval sources (the embroidery itself, chroniclers, poets, Domesday Book and others) to argue that the famous artwork was designed with multiple layers of meaning by persons who did not self-identify as Norman, but rather as Flemish/French and more sympathetic to the English.Bridgeford's book is brie [...]

    22. Maura

      Much better organized than "A Needle in the Right Hand of God" which I read first. This book repeats the information from that one, but in a more sensible (to me) way. The entire tapestry is explained in sequence, almost panel by panel, with brief digression into background information or discussion of various interpretations of the scenes. 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 [...]

    23. Maeley Brown

      This book does a wonderful job of explaining the story told by the tapestry as well as the story of the Tapestry itself. This is an insightful look into the lives and motivations of all of the participants of the Norman Conquest. Additionally, the influence of the Tapestry on more recent times is described, which is a fascinating story all its own.

    24. Cassie Rodgers

      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 please1066, the year, is extremely significant in world history and this tapestry is one of the few remaining contemporary pieces to not only give us insight as to what happened, but also the thoughts and feelings of those who were directly affected by the Norman Invasion. Affects that will continue to linger for many years to come. The topic is exceedingly inter [...]

    25. Rachel

      I think I need to read this again, it was too much information at once. I don't know the history of William or Harold or the Battle of Hastings. This was my first exposure to the Bayeux Tapestry as well. I want to read up on the history and then try the book again.

    26. Rachel

      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. 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 enjoyed the style of writing (simple yet scho [...]

    27. Eric

      I've been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry since I was a kid. This book takes some of the history of the origins of the tapestry and posits that it was created not by pro-Norman artists, but by a pro-English artist who inserted subtle digs and clues that support an English telling of William the Conquerors exploits in England.The first half of the book is a pane-by-pane look at the tapestry and some of the very subtle highlights in detail. The second half of the book looks at possible origins [...]

    28. Jamison Shuck

      I really didn't know too much about the Bayeux Tapestry before reading this book. Its broken into two parts basically, the author goes scene by scene explaining what is happening in the Tapestry and providing more background information. Then he spends several chapters hypothesizing over who made the Tapestry, why, and for who. He also looks at the 4 obscure named characters portrayed in the tapestry. Some of his arguments I found solid, for example that the Tapestry has an anti-Norman, pro-Engl [...]

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