King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry

King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry

by Gale R. Owen-Crocker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1843831244

ISBN-13: 9781843831242

Pub. Date: 06/15/2005

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

"Harold II is chiefly remembered today for the brevity of his reign and his death at the Battle of Hastings. The papers collected here seek to shed new light on the man and his milieu before and after that climax." "They explore the long career and the dynastic network behind Harold Godwinesson's accession on the death of King Edward the Confessor in January 1066,…  See more details below

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"Harold II is chiefly remembered today for the brevity of his reign and his death at the Battle of Hastings. The papers collected here seek to shed new light on the man and his milieu before and after that climax." "They explore the long career and the dynastic network behind Harold Godwinesson's accession on the death of King Edward the Confessor in January 1066, looking in particular at the important questions as to whether Harold's kingship was opportunist or long-planned, a usurpation or a legitimate succession in terms of his Anglo-Scandinavian kinships. They also examine the posthumous legends that Harold survived Hastings and lived on as a religious recluse." "The essays in the second part of the volume focus on the Bayeux Tapestry, bringing out the small details which would have resonated significantly for contemporary audiences, both Norman and English, to suggest how they judged Harold and the other players in the succession drama of 1066." Other aspects of the Tapestry are also covered: the possible patron and locations the Tapestry was produced for; where and how it was designed: and the various sources - artistic and real - employed by the artist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843831242
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Series:
Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, #4
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

1King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry : a critical introduction1
2Harold Godwinesson : the construction of kingship19
3Horold II : a throne-worthy king35
4The myth of Harold II's survival in the Scandinavian sources53
5The content and construction of the Vita Haroldi65
6Body language : a graphic commentary by the horses of the Bayeux Tapestry93
7Brothers, rivals and the geometry of the Bayeux Tapestry109
8Putting the Bayeux Tapestry in its place125
9Gendering the battle? : male and female in the Bayeux Tapestry139
10Cognate imagery : the bear, Harold and the Bayeux Tapestry149
11The Cicero-Aratea and the Bayeux Tapestry161
12The Bayeux Tapestry and eleventh-century material culture179

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