1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

by Andrew Bridgeford
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1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802777423
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 8.17(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

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

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1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
EleanorAquitaine More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was quite informative, giving not only the history of the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror, but quite a lengthy history on the Bayeux Tapestry itself. I can not imagine anyone reading this book, and not coming away with more knowledge, and a better understanding of how the year 1066 reshaped England. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bayeux Tapestry is a fascinating artifact from a number of perspectives, including as a historical record and a superb example of 11th century textiles and crafts. Bridgeford provides us with an excellent view of both. I only wish that the photographs were larger.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
A most interesting read. Besides getting a good look at this tapestry, the author provides good commentary on what the tapestry shows and how this has been understood concerning the Norman conquest in 1066. Bridgeford goes to some effort to trace the history of the tapestry itself and how it has been understood with arguments concerning who various figures presented are as well as the people who may have been behind the making of this tapestry. Bridgeford also provides quite a bit of good but perhaps little known history -- and a history from the underside, that of the English. Recommended.
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