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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All of these layers combine in the roughly pages of this book to make a wonderful account of a well-known tapestry that tells a different story than may first appear to be the case when its subtlety and design are taken into account. 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.

Gave up after a few chapters. After explaining how the tapestry recounts William’s victory, Bridgeford begins delving into each mysterious element that was glossed over during his initial explanation. Overall I would recommend this book, but be prepared to have even more questions than before reading the book. Bridgeford is a gifted amateur historian who raises interesting question about the meaning and sponsorship of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

These are astonishing and very new conclusions. The presence of these chracters, the letter spacing on their names, the juxtoposition of decorative elements and a host of other semingly trivial details hint at a hidden message woven into the tapestry.

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

And what to make of some of the woolen characters who populate the piece: I did, however, if you are neither, you will probably not get past the first few chapters. I happily stumbled onto this fascinating look at textile as history. Did they make and dye their own thread? With little evidence to form any conclusions, here would have been a great time to present personal theories.


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. Mar 04, carl rated it really liked it Shelves: However, the most valuable of Gyrth’s manors went to William de Briouze, so he was likely the Earl’s slayer.

What makes this book particularly enjoyable is that it recognizes the way that subversive history can survive by allusion and hints that are seldom taken seriously by those who only give a superficial glance to art and read into it what they want to see.

I really liked the descriptions of the Bayeux Cathedral and crypt which I visited in Feb 12, Zoe Porphyrogenita rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. The Best Books of Bridgeford is a wonderful writer, and embues what might have been a dry, academic story with intrigue, mystery and page-turning interest.

The other thing is the constant reference to the French in stead of the Normans. By reading this book, I learned that many of my previous misconceptions were untrue. However historians have noted that this was probably not accurate although if you were to go to Bayeux today, many of the residents would only recognize the tapestry as Matilda’s. This almost millennial work of art resides in the city of Bayeux in Normandy. Was it Odo, the worldly Bishop of Bayeux, who is shown rallying troops at Hastings, the same Odo who was the half-brother of William who wanted the hanging for his cathedral?

For the life of me I cannot see what role this woman plays in the tapestry, especially when combined with the scene in which she appears. I will admit that at times the bits and pieces he attempts to weave together do get a bit thin. These things were not pictoral, which is Bridgeford’s greatest interest and, I repeat, largely subjective i. The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry. Again, surely a Norman would name them by their yidden name and not the insulting title of French.


This is the sort of book that is perfectly made for a reader like myself. What I was most interested in are the describtion on the tapestry. Additionally, the influence of the Bayeud on more recent times is described, which is a fascinating story all its own. Discover what to read next.

Before reading this book, in FebruaryI 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 This is an insightful look into the lives and motivations of all of the participants of the Norman Conquest.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 05, Maeley Brown rated it histor liked it. The book spends a similarly brief amount of time recounting William and Harold’s politicking and eventual slugfest, and I was tje disappointed with “” when it failed to embellish the events of the Norman Conquest with details I hadn’t learned before.

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

Starts off interesting, soon gets tedious. In colloquial Breton “the red fox” is “Alan ar-Rouz”, precisely Alan Baydux name in his native language, a fact that Scolland would also have been acquainted with. Incredibly readable for its academic subject matter and enjoyable and engaging the whole way through. It’s probable therefore that its designer, probably the master illuminator Abbot Scolland, received input from several of the leading participants in the various events it depicts.