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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Why has it lasted over years virtually intact? In the scene where King Edward’s shrouded body is borne to Westminster Abbey, the histogy margin has a uniquely elegantly drawn red fox watching.

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

May 06, Meredith rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book does a wonderful job of bayeuxx the story told by the tapestry as well as the story of the Tapestry itself. The author isn’t hiddeen 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.

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.

Using the usual contemporary resources such as “The Anglo Saxon Chronicle,” and relying on transcripts D and E of that chronicle, the author draws our attention to scenes and characters within those scenes that, according to his theories, are not what they appear to be. Bridgeford notes that he was the Abbot of St Augustine’s in Canterbury, under the aegis of which he adduces much evidence that the BT was designed and embroidered. To call him French would practically be an insult.


Mar 12, Mimi rated it it was ok Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. That is the only positive thing I have to say about this work. I had thought it was made for the Bayeux Cathedral, and this was untrue. As the book started out I was very eager to read it, drinking in all the history and mystery of it all.

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. Augustine’s abbey in Canterbury under the direction of Count Eustace of Boulogne.

Still, I want to encourage history fans and maybe even light fantasy fans into Games of Thrones style realpolitik to check out this book. Lists ij This Book. Apr 23, Rob Roy rated it liked it Shelves: Bridgeford is a gifted amateur historian who raises interesting question about the meaning and sponsorship of bayeuux famous Bayeux Tapestry. Eustace is only depicted once, maybe twice, in the tapestry.

Bridgeford’s writing style is very clean and engaging, with a little humor and irony at times that I enjoyed.

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

Over feet long and approx. A fascinating read providing insights into the details surrounding the Norman conquest. May 31, Carmen rated it really liked it Shelves: Did they make and dye their own thread? Or that he was the one who comisioned it for Bishop Odo of Bayeux. You get the back story, but not a substantiated story, however. But that is what he is in the tapestry – French. The connections he makes are certainly plausible, but there are other options, which he admits and even gives voice to in this book.


Ina brilliant piece of historical detective work, Andrew Bridgeford reveals a very different story that reinterprets and recasts the most decisive year in English history. This almost millennial work of art resides in the city of Bayeux in Normandy. Truly one of the masterworks of history and art. Minor characters 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.

On other points he seems to be more than just grasping for sense – he is fishing, using a fishing rod lacking of string, hook or bait! Sep 16, Rachel rated it liked it.

This book repeats the information from that one, but in a more sensible to me way.